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#Snow Brings Parts Of #Europe To Standstill

Children walk along a snow covered road in Gerold, Germany, 11 January 2019

Some of the heaviest snow was in Bavaria where some villages were cut off – Photo By EPA

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.

The 41-year-old Pole had lost his way after going off piste at the resort of Schlossalmbahn.

Rescuers climb through deep snow to reach a Polish snowboarder
Rescuers said the Polish snowboarder was stuck on an icy rock covered in two metres of snow – Photo By BERGRETTUNG BAD HOFGASTEIN

There was some respite in Austria on Friday, after three metres 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 for Meteorology and Geodynamics.

The Austrian military sent helicopters to blow snow off treetops to reduce the risk of trees falling on roads and rails.

In Sweden wintry storms ravaged parts of the north. One area recorded winds of 49.7m per second (111mph) as Storm Jan ravaged Stekenjokk near the Norwegian border.

A track vehicle of the German armed forces Bundeswehr drives through the snow to supply the cut off Buchenhoehe settlement area in Berchtesgaden, southern Germany, on January 10, 2019
The armed forces were sent in when hundreds of people were cut off near Berchtesgaden in Bavaria – Photo By AFP

In northern Norway, a lorry driver described on Friday morning how he and other drivers had been stuck on a mountain road since 17:00 (16:00 GMT) on Thursday. Magnar Nicolaisen told public broadcaster NRK that he had slept in his cabin overnight while others had had to stay in their cars.

Conditions on Friday were particularly treacherous in Bavaria, where the local broadcaster said snowfalls were paralysing public life.

Rail services were worst hit in the south and east of the state and roads were cut off by drifts and falling trees.

A boy of nine was killed near Munich when a tree collapsed under the weight of snow. It was 40 minutes before he was found and emergency services were unable to revive him.

Two sections of the big A8 autobahn were closed in the south-east, as drivers spent Thursday night at a standstill near Rosenheim. The Bavarian Red Cross and a government agency came to the aid of the drivers.

A boy runs through the snow-covered town centre of Berchtesgaden, Bavaria, Germany, 10 January 2019
Hundreds of people around the Bavarian town of Berchtesgaden were cut off by heavy snow – Photo By EPA

Roads in the Berchtesgaden area close to the Austrian border were blocked and the army sent up to 200 soldiers to help hundreds of people caught up in the snow.

There was a let-up in the weather on Friday ahead of expected of further snowfalls on Saturday night. However, some 90 flights were cancelled in Munich while some flights in Frankfurt were also hit.

In Switzerland, an avalanche hit a hotel restaurant, injuring three people. Local reports said the avalanche had been 300m in width when it came down the Schwägalp.

The snow is seen at the Säntis hotel after an avalanche hit it in Schwägalp, Switzerland
Hotel guests were stunned when the avalanche crashed into the back of the restaurant – Photo By REUTERS

Rescuers searched the area on Friday in case anyone near the Hotel Säntis had been caught up in the avalanche.

Cars were left buried in the snow and even a bus was left partly submerged.

One guest in the hotel restaurant said that initially he thought snow was falling from the roof.

“There there was a gigantic noise, and the back area of the restaurant was engulfed in masses of snow,” the guest told Tagblatt.

Snow covers a building door at Santis-Schwaegalp mountain area after an avalanche, in Switzerland January 10, 2019.
The outside of the hotel showed some of the damage caused by the avalanche – Photo By REUTERS

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Man ‘claiming to have bomb’ prompts evacuation at Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport

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The departures hall of Schiphol Airport in Amsterdam was evacuated and a man detained after he reportedly entered the building shouting that he was in possession of a bomb.

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Army Have Been Called In As The Major Wildfire Worsens In Saddleworth, Greater Manchester, UK

Wildfire In Greater Manhester 27.06.18
Firefighters battling a fire at Saddleworth Moor since Monday
A major incident is declared over the flames near Manchester
More than 30 properties have been evacuated
Military assistance has been requested by firefighters
It comes amid Britain’s heatwave as temperatures top 30C

Manhunt in Vienna after knife attack leaves several people injured

Manhunt in Vienna after knife attack leaves several people injured
Police officers block a street in the Austrian capital of Vienna. © sro/Eibner-Pressefoto / Global Look Press
At least three people have been seriously injured in a knife attack in the Austrian capital Vienna. The assailant, who is now on the run, randomly attacked pedestrians, according to local media. His motives remain unknown.
 
The attacker, whose identity remains unknown, seems to have randomly assaulted pedestrians in the street, the Austrian Heute news media outlet reports. One man and two women aged between 40 and 50 sustained heavy injuries in the attack and were hospitalized, the Austrian Kurier daily reports, citing a police spokesman.
 
The incident took place near the Austrian capital’s famous Prater Park around 19:45 local time (18:45 GMT). A large police force, including a Special Forces unit, has been deployed to the area, the Austrian media report, adding that the scene was quickly cordoned off.
 
A Vienna public transport company, the Wiener Linien, said in a statement that the city’s U3 metro line has been affected by the police operation.
 
The alleged attacker managed to flee the scene and is still on the run, Austrian media report. According to Heute.at, heavily armed police officers are guarding the entrance doors of the buildings located not far from the scene. Local residents have been urged to stay at home.
 
Vienna police have confirmed the incident, stating that a knife attack indeed took place in the Praterstrasse area, and that some people were injured. It also stated that police officers are now looking for the assailant.
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