A 7-year-old boy died while playing with his father in the snow. The two had built an igloo, but it collapsed, trapping the boy inside.
The incident happened in Tarasp, a town in eastern Switzerland. The roof of the igloo fell in as the two were inside. The father was able to climb out, but his son was not. Several people rushed to help free the boy, but it took 15 minutes to dig him out.
He was taken to a hospital in Chur where he died of his injuries.
Police are investigating the exact cause of his death, according to the New York Daily News.
Unfortunately, this is not the only death caused by extreme winter weather this season.
Harsh winter weather conditions have caused more than 20 deaths across the United States in the past several days. Winter storms hit the Deep South especially hard, leaving millions without power. As many as four million Texas residents have been without power for at least two days, leading to a number of tragedies.
Four people near Houston died after they lost power. The family was trying to keep their home warm using a fireplace. A mother and daughter in Houston died after leaving their car running in a garage in an attempt to help heat up their home. Others have died in Kentucky, Louisiana, and Missouri from the extreme cold.
Among the deaths is a 10-year-old boy who was killed in Tennessee after falling through the ice on a pond. The boy’s 6-year-old sister also fell into the icy water. She was taken to the hospital in critical condition, according to a Memphis newspaper.
More deaths are expected as temperatures are still below freezing in many parts of the country.