In pictures: Heavy snow and avalanche claims 21 lives in Europe

Heavy snow across Europe has to lead disruption of flights, closure of schools


News Desk January 14, 2019
Soldiers of the Austrian Armed Forces walk at the valley station of the Hochkar cable car at 1380 m altitude. PHOTO: AFP

Heavy snow across Europe has to lead disruption of flights, and forced closure of schools and resorts.

At least 21 people have so far died in avalanche-related incidents across the continent, including two snowboarders who were caught up in heavy snow in the Pirin Mountains in southwest Bulgaria.

 

A fireman sets up a sign on a road blocked due to heavy snowfall on January 13, 2019 in Elisabethszell, southern Germany. PHOTO: AFP A fireman sets up a sign on a road blocked due to heavy snowfall on January 13, 2019 in Elisabethszell, southern Germany. PHOTO: AFP

 

Men shovel snow from a roof in Elisabethszell, southern Germany. PHOTO: AFP Men shovel snow from a roof in Elisabethszell, southern Germany. PHOTO: AFP

 

Soldiers of the Austrian Armed Forces shovel snow at the valley station of the Hochkar cable car at 1380 meters above sea level in Hochkar, Lower Austria on January 13, 2019. - The area around Hochkar in Lower Austria, 150 km west of Vienna, is a disaster area due to snow depths of more than 3.5 m. PHOTO: AFP Soldiers of the Austrian Armed Forces shovel snow at the valley station of the Hochkar cable car at 1380 meters above sea level in Hochkar, Lower Austria. PHOTO: AFP

A snowcat drives in the snow at the valley station of the Hochkar cable car at 1380 m altitude on January 13, 2019 in Hochkar, Lower Austria. PHOTO: AFP A snowcat drives in the snow at the valley station of the Hochkar cable car at 1380 m altitude on January 13, 2019 in Hochkar, Lower Austria. PHOTO: AFP

Soldiers of the Austrian Armed Forces shovel snow at the valley station of the Hochkar cable car at 1380 meters above sea level in Hochkar, Lower Austria. PHOTO: AFP

Soldiers of the Austrian Armed Forces shovel snow at the valley station of the Hochkar cable car at 1380 meters above sea level in Hochkar, Lower Austria. PHOTO: AFP

A snowman and a snow-woman with an umbrella stand in the rain in front of a house in Rottach-Egern, southern Germany. PHOTO: AFP A snowman and a snow-woman with an umbrella stand in the rain in front of a house in Rottach-Egern, southern Germany. PHOTO: AFP

A snowcat drives through the snow at the valley station of the Hochkar cable car at 1380 m altitude in Hochkar, Lower Austria. PHOTO: AFP A snowcat drives through the snow at the valley station of the Hochkar cable car at 1380 m altitude in Hochkar, Lower Austria. PHOTO: AFP

A ski lift of the Hochkar cable car is deeply covered with snow on January 13, 2019 at the valley station at 1380 m altitude in Hochkar, Lower Austria. PHOTO: AFP A ski lift of the Hochkar cable car is deeply covered with snow on January 13, 2019 at the valley station at 1380 m altitude in Hochkar, Lower Austria. PHOTO: AFP

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