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Winter storm blasts Europe; 12 dead amid heavy snow, gusts

AP  |  Berlin 

winter blasted for yet another day Tuesday, trapping hundreds of people in regions, whipping up high winds that caused flight delays and cancellations and raising the risks of more avalanches in the mountains.

At least 12 people have been killed in weather-related accidents in 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 300-meter (990-foot) wide hit a valley near the northern city of last week.

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 of 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 and since Friday.

Other people have also killed by avalanches in Switzerland, and 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 agency dpa reported.

In the Netherlands, Amsterdam's busy warned of delays and cancellations Tuesday. Dutch carrier cancelled 159 flights to and from European destinations.

Low-lying northwestern coastal regions in the 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.

"A fridge or container that is rammed against a dike can cause damage," the authority said.

Heavy snowfall and strong winds were reported Tuesday over central Scandinavia, hampering efforts to restore that had gone out after a hefty storm swept through on January 2.

Further south, heavy snowfall also disrupted traffic across Slovakia, leading to some flight cancellations at

In Greece, schools in and many surrounding areas remained closed after snowfall blanketed the capital and temperatures in some parts of the nation plunged well below freezing. Some rural mountain roads were closed.

Dozens of refugees housed in tents in a camp in have protested living conditions as temperatures sunk to minus 20 degrees Celsius (minus 5 degrees Fahrenheit) in some areas. Even many of Greece's islands have seen snowfall.

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First Published: Tue, January 08 2019. 19:45 IST
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