At least 13 dead as winter storm ravages Europe
Deadly winter weather trapped hundreds of people in Europe’s Alpine regions and whipped up high winds that caused flight delays and cancellations.
At least 13 people have been killed in weather-related accidents in Europe over the last week, most of them from avalanches.
In Norway, attempts to find the bodies of four skiers were again put on hold due to poor visibility and heavy snowfall.
A 29-year Swedish woman and three Finns, aged 29, 32 and 36, were presumed dead after a 300m wide avalanche hit a valley near the northern city of Tromsoe last week.
Romanian police on Tuesday found the frozen body of a 67-year-old man in a carpark in the southern city of Slatina after his wife reported he hadn't returned from work the previous day.
Temperatures in Romania plunged to a low of -24 Celsius in one area.
In Austria, hundreds of residents were stuck in their homes due to blocked roads and some regions experienced power outages after snow-laden trees took down power lines.
Schools in some Austrian regions remained closed for a second day and homeowners were advised to remove snow from their roofs after several buildings collapsed.
A 78-year-old man was severely injured when he fell off the roof of his home in Turrach while shoveling snow, Austrian public broadcaster ORF reported.
On Monday night, 11 German hikers had to be rescued by mountaineers from a cabin near Salzburg, after having been snowed in without electricity and little food since Friday.
Other people have also been killed by avalanches in Switzerland, Austria and Germany, and authorities warned that continuing snowfall is increasing the already high risk of more avalanches.
In southern and eastern Germany, people were bracing for more snow, while in the northern coastal city of Hamburg, residents were preparing for a storm flood caused by a winter gale, the German news agency dpa reported.
In the Netherlands, Amsterdam's busy Schiphol Airport warned of delays and cancellations Tuesday.
Dutch carrier KLM canceled 159 flights to and from European destinations. Flight cancellations were also reported in Slovakia.
Low-lying northwestern coastal regions in the Netherlands were being hit by strong winds and wild seas, and local water authorities were checking dikes to make sure they were not damaged.
The Noorderzijlvest water authority said it was monitoring dikes because of debris floating in the sea after 281 shipping containers tumbled off a cargo ship in a storm last week.
Many of the containers are still at sea and some have broken open, spilling their contents.
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