Wednesday, 23 January 2019, 04:10:33 am
Snow brings parts of Europe to standstill
January 11, 2019

Heavy snowfalls brought chaos to parts of Germany and Sweden on Friday, leaving roads blocked, trains halted and schools shut.

The Red Cross helped drivers stuck on a motorway in the southern German state of Bavaria as schools and rail services were also hit. A nine-year-old boy was killed by a falling tree on Thursday.

Northern Sweden was hit by a storm that made roads impassable.

There was some respite in Austria today, after three metres of snow fell in some parts in previous days.

Seven people have died this week and two hikers have been missing since Saturday.

Roads in the Berchtesgaden area close to the Austrian border were blocked and the army sent up to 200 soldiers to help hundreds of people caught up in the snow.

In Switzerland, an avalanche hit a hotel restaurant, injuring three people. (BBC)