Alps Remains High After Several People Died In Weather-related incidents

Austria Suffers From Heavy Snowfall, Has Snowbanks up to 2 Metres (PHOTO, VIDEO)

Snow disrupts transport in Alps, several dead in accidents

Two German skiers were killed in avalanches in the western region of Vorarlberg on Sunday, while a Slovenian skier also died in the region of Salzburg, rescue services said.

Authorities in Austria closed some roads and train lines because of avalanche risks, while airports in the region have seen delays as workers struggled to clear a large amount of fresh snow and de-ice planes.

Heavy snowfall and poor visibility had hampered rescue efforts in the past days.

The German news agency dpa reported Monday that a 44-year-old man died in Wackersberg in Bavaria when he was hit by snow-laden branches.

In addition to the deaths further south in Europe, police in Norway on Monday released the names of four skiers - a 29-year Swedish woman and three Finns, aged 29, 32 and 36 - who are presumed dead after a 300-yard-wide avalanche was reported last Wednesday in Tamok valley, near the northern city of Tromsoe. Residents and visitors were asked to leave the region by the end of the day yesterday.

Berlin - Authorities warned Sunday of a high risk of avalanches on the northern side of the Alps after heavy snowfall in recent days created unsafe conditions across parts of southern Germany, Austria and Switzerland.

The Central Institution for Meteorology and Geodynamics issued a renewed snow warning on Monday, stating that 30 to 80 cm of snow are expected in numerous areas of the country from Tuesday to Thursday.

The Noorderzijlvest water authority said it was monitoring dikes because of debris floating in the sea after almost 300 containers tumbled off a cargo ship in a storm last week.

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

In turn, the Greek schools in Athens and many surrounding areas remained closed after the snowfall has covered the capital and the temperature in some areas of the Mediterranean has considerably decreased. Some rural mountain roads were also closed.

Dozens of refugees housed in tents in a camp in northern Greece have protested living conditions as temperatures sunk to minus 20 degrees Celsius (minus 5 degrees Fahrenheit) in some areas. Snow was even reported on many of Greece's islands.

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