Two children aged seven and ten have died in Isola Village in the French Alps after the mountain cottage they were sleeping in with their family was crushed by a giant boulder.
The tragedy happened on Sunday before 5am near popular ski resort Isola 2000.
According to the Daily Telegraph, Jean-Marie Bogini, the mayor of the village of Isola, said: "There was a landslide. There were seven people in the house – five adults and two children."
Some of the members of the family reportedly managed to escape from the destroyed ski chalet but the two children were unable to get out.
The Daily Mail reports that the boulder was 32ft high and 16ft wide and was dislodged from a cliff above.
Those who escaped were rushed to a hospital in Nice and were treated for minor injuries and shock.
The victims have not been named.
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