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Thousands trapped as Zermatt cut off by snow again

Thousands trapped as Zermatt cut off by snow again
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The Swiss ski resort town of Zermatt is once again cut from the world because of heavy snowfall

Villages across the area have been heavily affected, with 28 homes having to be evacuated in Zinal.

The roof of the church in Zermatt is getting so heavy with all the snow that it's in danger of collapsing. Someone had to be lowered onto the roof to knock some off by a helicopter.

With about 9000 holiday guests in the town, long queues built up to take the helicopter shuttle, the only option left to get home, as the roads and railway lines were closed due to danger of avalanches

There's also lots more snow in the north of the Tessin region and no trains were able to get through to Gotthard tunnel to Airolo.

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