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Europe struggles as snow continues
Hundreds of people left stranded as flights continue to be cancelled amid cold snap.
Last Modified: 11 Jan 2010 11:48 GMT

Hundreds of people across Europe have been left stranded at airports or cut off in their own homes as heavy snow and freezing conditions continue to adversely affect transportation.

In Germany snowdrifts of up to two meters high meant many villages were "left to their own devices", police told the AFP news agency on Sunday.

Nearly 100 flights were cancelled at Frankfurt airport, Europe's third busiest, while more than 80 flights were cancelled at Heathrow airport in London.

Treacherous conditions have also disrupted Eurostar rail services between Britain and France, with only two out of three trains able to run under the Channel.

Harsh conditions

Villages on the Baltic Sea islands have been completely cut off by snowy weather, while around 3,000 homes in southeastern France were without power for
a second day Sunday.

Germany has seen more than 1,000 car accidents in recent days, several of them fatal, with blizzards causing hazardous conditions on motorways.

In the Balkans, heavy rain and melting snow meanwhile led to flooding in parts of Croatia and Bosnia, with an emergency declared in the central Croatian district of Lika and 100 homes evacuated.

Several European countries sent rescue teams to Albania after 10,000 hectares of land were flooded in the north, affecting 2,500 homes, officials said, but no deaths were reported.

In Britain, where at least 29 people are reported to have died from the cold weather, the army has been called in to help deliver much-needed supplies of food to rural areas cut off by the snow.

Forecasters have warned of more snow to come overnight in Germany, while in Britain temperatures were expected to edge above freezing towards the end of the week.

The harsh conditions were caused as relatively warm humid air from the Mediterranean met cold air from the north and east, meteorologist Michel Daloz from Meteo France told AFP.

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