WorldAvalanches, accidents bring Europe's winter death toll to 21

00:30  12 january  2019
00:30  12 january  2019 Source:   msn.com

Avalanches, flooding cause disruptions in Austria, Germany

Avalanches, flooding cause disruptions in Austria, Germany Austrian officials say several a series of avalanches have struck buildings and roads but caused no injuries. Austria news agency APA reported Tuesday that an avalanche overnight in Ramsau slammed a hotel but that all 60 visitors and staff got out of the building unharmed. Warmer, wetter weather after days of heavy snowfall has increased the risk of avalanches in parts of southern Germany, Austria and Switzerland. In Bavaria, snow melt has flooded several roads and some basements in the town of Harburg as the Woernitz river swelled overnight.

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Avalanches, accidents bring Europe's winter death toll to 21© The Associated Press A man shovels snow from the roof of his house in a remote village near Kladanj, 80 kms north of Sarajevo, Bosnia, Friday, Jan. 11, 2019. Heavy snow descended on Balkan countries causing havoc in traffic and state or emergency declared in some areas.(AP Photo/Amel Emric)

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 Switzerland spent Friday shoveling out hip-deep snow after a 300-meter (330-yard) wide avalanche smashed through the hotel's windows Thursday afternoon and piled up in rooms and the dining hall. Police said three people were hurt by avalanche in Schwaegalp.

Winter storm blasts Europe; 13 dead amid heavy snow, gusts

Winter storm blasts Europe; 13 dead amid heavy snow, gusts Deadly winter weather has blasted Europe for yet another day, trapping hundreds in Alpine regions, whipping up high winds that caused flight cancellations and raising the risks of more deadly avalanches in the mountains. At least 13 people have been killed in weather-related accidents in Europe over the last week, many from avalanches. Austrians were trapped in their homes Tuesday by heavy snow and Dutch authorities were checking to make sure the nation's dikes would hold up against high seas.

A natural disaster is a sudden event that causes widespread destruction, major collateral damage or loss of life, brought about by forces other than the acts of human beings.

The death toll from the cold snap hitting parts of Europe rose to at least 65 on Wednesday as Bulgarian authorities reported seven fatalities. They included a couple in their 80 s , the only inhabitants of a village in the mountainous region of Smolyan in southern Bulgaria, who were found dead in their

In all, at least 21 weather-related deaths have been reported in Europe in the last 10 days.

The Bulgarian Red Cross said two snowboarders were killed died 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.

Austrian military helicopters on Friday flew 66 German teenagers out of a mountain guest house where they had been stuck for several days.

About 2,000 soldiers and other emergency workers in Albania were assigned to help people trapped by snow and to clear roads to restore access to cutoff villages.

Several towns and cities in southwest Serbia introduced emergency measures, warning of snow piling up on the roads and sealing off mountain villages, Serbian state TV reported Friday. Most schools in the area closed down and 10 people had to be rescued from their homes. Strong winds complicated the work of emergency crews.

The Latest: Danish skiing club unhurt by Austria avalanche

The Latest: Danish skiing club unhurt by Austria avalanche The head of a western Denmark ski club says the hotel in Austria where 50 members were staying, was hit by an avalanche overnight but "fortunately no persons were present in the part of the building that was hit." Niels Leth-Soerensen, chairman of the Hobro Skiklub, praised hotel staff in Ramsau and local rescue teams " and that after "a really short period of time" all guests were evacuated to another hotel. Leth-Soerensen, who himself was part of the party, said on the club's website that the 200-year-old hotel had never been hit by an avalanche. The town of Hobro sits some 207 kilometers (128 miles) northwest of Copenhagen. ___ 9:35 p.m.

The death toll from an avalanche that swept away a group of Italian skiers in the Swiss Alps has risen to The accident happened at an altitude of around 2,300 metres. Poor weather conditions and thick fog complicated Avalanches are taking a heavy toll in the Swiss Alps this winter season, killing at

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In neighboring Montenegro, meteorologist Dragan Buric said the first 10 days of January have been among the coldest the country has seen in decades.

"We have snow in January in the capital city (Podgorica) for the first time in nine years," Buric told Montenegrin state TV.

In the central Bosnian municipality of Kladanj, snow disrupted power supplies and cut phone lines. Zijad Vejzovic, from the civil protection agency, said authorities declared an emergency.

"Because of heavy snow, in some parts over 1 meter (3 feet) high, some of the roads have been blocked," he explained. "We need more machines. We have run out of resources and money."

In Germany and Austria, where heavy snow caused fatal avalanches and major disruptions in the past few days, the situation was easing Friday. Still, airlines canceled around 120 flights at Frankfurt Airport and 90 at Munich Airport because of concerns about snow.

Extreme winter weather brings fatal avalanches and cuts off Alpine ski resorts

Extreme winter weather brings fatal avalanches and cuts off Alpine ski resorts At least 16 people have died in avalanche-related accidents in Europe since the start of the year, as severe winter weather grips parts of the continent. require(["medianetNativeAdOnArticle"], function (medianetNativeAdOnArticle) { medianetNativeAdOnArticle.getMedianetNativeAds(true); }); Three German skiers were killed and another is still missing, after they were buried in an avalanche near the Austrian ski resort of Lech am Arlberg over the weekend, a press officer for the western province of Vorarlberg told CNN.

Europe . Emmanuel Macron and the 'yellow vests': Can they cooperate? Almost a week since an avalanche plowed into the Rigopiano hotel in central Italy, officials have confirmed that five more bodies have been pulled from the ruins, bringing the death toll to 14.

The number of deaths related to winter weather across Europe rose to 17 on Thursday as snow Another avalanche in neighboring Slovakia killed a man in the Mala Fatra mountains, while a tree that That brings the toll of weather-related deaths reported across Europe over the past week to 17.

Police in Lenggries, south of Munich, said the 48-year-old snowplow driver was rescued from the river after several hours but died in a hospital.

In the eastern German city of Chemnitz, all burials at the municipal cemetery through Monday were called off because of snow.

In the elegant Austrian city of Salzburg, all parks, public gardens, play areas and cemeteries were closed Friday because of the danger posed by trees cracking under the weight of snow.


Geir Moulson and Frank Jordans in Berlin, Llazar Semini in Tirana, Albania, and Veselin Toshkov in Sofia, Bulgaria, contributed to this report.

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