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20 dead as avalanches cause havoc across Europe

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  • Seven were killed in avalanche incidents in the French Alps
  • 10 hikers were killed when an avalanche struck at a Turkish ski resort
  • Three men died climbing one of Scotland's most dangerous mountains
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(CNN) -- Deadly avalanches claimed the lives of 20 people across Europe at the weekend, emergency officials said.

Rescuers recover a body at the scene of an avalanche in northeastern Turkey that killed 10 people.

Rescuers recover a body at the scene of an avalanche in northeastern Turkey that killed 10 people.

In the French Alps, two female skiers -- a 75-year-old French woman and a 45-year-old Swiss woman -- died in the Savoie region in eastern France.

A day earlier, two male teenagers died in an avalanche at the Saint-Francois Longchamp ski resort, also in the Savoie region. A third person was rescued.

Also Saturday, two people died and two others were rescued after an avalanche in the neighboring Haute Savoie region. Rescue teams tried to resuscitate another 21-year-old skier after sniffer dogs found his body buried in the snow, but failed.

Meanwhile, severe weather over the weekend left an estimated 680,000 homes without electricty in southeast France, Liberation newspaper reported.

In Scotland, three males -- including two brothers from Northern Ireland and a 46-year-old Scottish man -- died Saturday after being engulfed by an avalanche on one of the country's most dangerous mountains.

The trio were in a group attempting to climb Buachaille Etive Mor, near Glencoe in northern Scotland, amid atrocious weather and warnings of a "considerable" risk of avalanche, Scotland's Herald newspaper said.

Meanwhile, a group of 10 hikers were killed when an avalanche struck at a Turkish ski resort on Sunday. Video Watch Turkish rescue effort »

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Rescue workers pulled seven survivors from the snow at the resort in Zigana, Turkey, according to Enver Salihoglu, the governor of the nearby city of Gumushane.

At least two of the survivors were hospitalized, Salihoglu told CNN Turk. Rescue efforts were halted after all climbers were accounted for, according to a spokesperson for Salihoglu.

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