In Europe, 21 deaths deemed weather-re­lated

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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.

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