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Heavy snowfall brings more misery to Germany

world Updated: Jan 11, 2010 13:02 IST
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Heavy snowfall and blizzards brought more misery to Germany as the Arctic freeze tightened its grip over Europe.

Northern Germany was the worst affected by the gale force winds and snow unleashed by the depression "daisy" as it continued to wreck havoc on the second day.

Dozens of villages on Germany's Baltic Sea islands and in the coastal states of Schleswig-Holstein and Mecklenburg Western-Pomerania were cut off by fresh snow which reached as much as two metres in some regions and completely paralysed road, rail and water transport services.

Some villages were without electricity for several hours and the local authorities in one district issued a disaster alarm.

Several hundred motorists who were stuck in their vehicles on highways and roads blocked by snow in the two states on Saturday night were evacuated by rescue teams, who cut their way using snow ploughs.

The rescue efforts were so difficult that they had to work till yesterday morning to free the travellers, German television reported.

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