Red cross in Germany Austria Sweden

RedCross teams are working to rescue and provide support to people caught up in the snow after heavy storms hit parts of #Germany, #Austria and #Sweden.

Extremely thick snow in Lammertal, Austria today, Jan 11th – thanks to Patrick Lesh for the report!

Switzerland, an avalanche burst into a hotel through the windows killing at least four people. Police said that three people were also injured in the incident.

Many parts of Europe has been hit by high snowfall leading to chaos leaving roads blocked, trains halted and schools shut. The series of storms have killed at least 21 people over the past week in eastern and northern Europe.

One meter of fresh snow on Parnassus, Greece since yesterday, Cracks forming in the 60 cm snow pack in Trieben, Austria yesterday.Extreme amount of snow in Oberammergau, Germany overnight.Loads of fresh snow in Taufkirchen, Bavaria, south Germany yesterday.

In Germany, a nine-year-old boy was killed by a falling tree and the driver of a snow plough died after his vehicle toppled into an icy river. Earlier in the week, a 62-year-old teacher was killed while skiing in Austria when he fell and became buried in a snowbank.

Europe, heavy snowfalls brought chaos to parts of Germany and Sweden today, leaving roads blocked, trains halted and schools shut. In Bulgaria, authorities said two snowboarders died in an avalanche today.In German, a nine-year-old boy was killed by a falling tree and the driver of a snow plow died today after his vehicle toppled into an icy river.

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.

At least 20 weather-related deaths have been reported in Europe in the past week. 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 rural areas.

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