Snow brings parts of Eu­rope to stand­still

Panay News - - NEWS -

BERLIN–Heavy snow­falls brought chaos to parts of Ger­many and Swe­den on Fri­day, leav­ing roads blocked, trains halted and schools shut.

The Red Cross helped driv­ers stuck on a mo­tor­way in the south­ern Ger­man state of Bavaria and a nine-year-old boy was killed by a fall­ing tree.

The front of a Swiss ho­tel was hit by an avalanche and a win­ter storm made roads im­pass­able in Swe­den and Nor­way.

Aus­trian res­cuers had to bat­tle through chest-deep snow to reach a snow­boarder.

There was some respite in Aus­tria on Fri­day, af­ter three me­ters of snow fell in some parts in pre­vi­ous days. Seven peo­ple have died in the past week and two hik­ers have been miss­ing since Satur­day.

“Such quan­ti­ties of snow above 800m al­ti­tude only hap­pen once ev­ery 30 to 100 years,” said Alexan­der Radl­herr from Aus­tria’s Cen­tral In­sti­tu­tion f or Me­te­o­rol­ogy and Geo­dy­nam­ics.


Some of the heav­i­est snow is in Bavaria where some vil­lages are cut off.

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