A brief break in the weather is allowing workers in southern Germany to try and clear heavy loads of snow from roofs and roads. Heavy snow has paralyzed parts of Europe in recent days, cutting off mountain villages, disrupting transport.
Tanks roll in to frozen hell: Germany and Austria call state of emergency as troops save residents from NECK-DEEP snow after 21 deaths in worst winter for more than 30 years.
- State of emergency has been declared in a fourth southern Bavarian district with army called in to help.
- Avalanche crashed through restaurant of the Hotel Säntis in Switzerland while guests were eating inside.
- A 1,000ft wall of snow reportedly hit the hotel, in Schwägalp, in the canton of Appenzell Ausserrhoden.
- The bitter weather sweeping Europe has killed at least 21 and forecasters have warned of more snow to come.
- ‘Quantities of snow above 800m altitude happen once every 30 to 100 years,’ said an Austrian meteorologist.
A state of emergency has been declared across parts of Europe and tanks are being used to rescue homeowners from neck-deep snow in Germany and Austria following the deaths of at least 21 people, amid a devastating once in a generation winter whiteout.
In Switzerland, a 1,000ft-wide avalanche ploughed through the front of a hotel while diners were eating. They all survived but there have been 21 deaths on the European mainland after the worst snowfalls in living memory.
A brief break in the weather is allowing workers in southern Germany to try and clear heavy loads of snow from roofs and roads. Parts of Europe have been paralysed in recent days, cutting off mountain villages and disrupting transport.
Mountain rescue forces in Wolfratshausen, Germany along with police have been pictured clearing heavy snowfall from rooftops, while widespread emergency response units have been put in place to prepare for more bad weather.
Avalanche warnings have been placed at critical levels following the heavy snow which has triggered red weather alerts - as forecasters warn the snow is set to continue into the middle of next week.
The state of emergency has been declared across much of southern Germany with troops brought in to help people who have become trapped, while the army has also been deployed in Albania, Montenegro and Serbia.
'Such quantities of snow above 800m altitude only happen once every 30 to 100 years,' said Austrian meteorologist Alexander Radlherr.
Exceptional drone video of extremely deep snow over the Vladeasa, Romania on Jan 10th. WOW! Video by Marius Turc.
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