In Europe, 21 deaths deemed weather-related
BELGRADE, Serbia — Heavy snow paralyzed much of Europe for yet another day, cutting off mountain villages, sparking avalanches like one that crashed into a Swiss hotel and killing at least four more people Friday.
Workers at the Hotel Saentis in eastern Switzer- land spent Friday shoveling out hip-deep snow after a 330-yard-wide avalanche smashed through the hotel’s windows Thursday.
In all, at least 21 weatherrelated deaths have been reported in Europe in the last 10 days.
The Bulgarian Red Cross said two snowboarders were killed in an avalanche in southwest Bulgaria’s Pirin Mountains.
A snowplow driver died Friday in Germany after his vehicle toppled into an icy river, while an electrical worker in Albania suffered a fatal heart attack while repairing damaged power lines.