Cold snap kills 3 in Poland, power cuts across central Europe

Tens of thousands of Czechs lost power.

Cold snap kills 3 in Poland, power cuts across central Europe

A cold snap with unseasonally early snow storms killed at least three Poles, cut off power and heating to hundreds of thousands and caused traffic chaos across central Europe, media reported on Thursday.

The three people died in mountains in southern Poland due to the severe weather in the past 36 hours, Polish television said.

Up to a quarter of a million people were still without power after the heavy snowfall and strong winds, local media said. On Wednesday, 700,000 people suffered power cuts.

Tens of thousands of Czechs lost power and heat supplies as high winds and heavy snow swept the central European country earlier than usual.

Traffic collapsed in north-eastern parts of the country after fallen trees blocked roads and rail tracks, and mountain areas reported about 50-60 cm (20-24 inches) of fresh snow.

Power group CEZ declared a state of emergency in eight districts due to damaged power lines and subsequent outages caused by the weather, and sent out hundreds of workers to repair tha damage.

A heating plant malfunction left many of the 40,000 residents in the northern town of Jablonec nad Nisou without and the mayor was considering closing schools, news Web site www.idnes.cz reported.

Austria's Alps had as much as 90 centimetres (35 inches) of snow in the past two days, prompting several ski resorts in southern Styria to open their slopes ahead of plan for the earliest season start on record.


Reuters

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