Weird avalanche

June 2nd, 2013, Val d’Aran. Late spring in the Pyrenees but this year’s weather pattern doesn’t fit the usual scheme. Not long ago, a fresh layer of snow has been whitening the mountains, for a total thickness of more than 10 meters. That together with the sun’s action was the reason for a series of late avalanches on many steep slopes… Amongst some other devastated places, there is Saint-Béat, a greyish hamlet nested along the Garonne river, which received all the water from the combined action of rapid defrost and a gigantic storm at the end of the same month. The (collateral) damage is huge, calling for support from others…     

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