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National avalanche warning system shut down due to COVID-19

Last Updated Mar 24, 2020 at 4:50 pm PDT

In this Saturday, Jan. 18, 2020 photo, trekkers are being rescued in an helicopter after an avalanche hit Mount Annapurna trail in Nepal. Special army and government rescue personnel were searching again on Monday for four South Korean trekkers and their three Nepali guides lost since an avalanche swept a popular trekking route in Nepal's mountains. (AP Photo/Phurba Ongel Sherpa)

Avalanche Canada is pulling the plug on the avalanche warning system over fears of COVID-19

The spread of the virus has cut off the 'data stream' so the warning service is no longer receiving information

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – The national avalanche warning system is the latest service shutting down early because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The one-month closure by Avalanche Canada is thanks to data no longer being collected from back country operators.

The last forecast will be posted Saturday and will stay in effect until March 30th.

The Executive director Giles Valade adds this decision was also prompted by concerns about people getting hurting.. and putting more pressure on hospitals during this crisis.