Snow sparks travel chaos in Europe

Thousands of airline passengers are facing long delays as cold snap sweeps the continent.


    Al Jazeera's Sonia Gallego reports on the disruptions caused by heavy snowfall

    Europe is facing one of the coldest winters in recent times, and its effect is being felt across the continent.

    Thousands of airline passengers are facing long delays because of bad weather. In Germany alone, hundreds of flights have been delayed.

    Meanwhile in the UK, hundreds of schools have been closed because of the snow, and more bad
    weather over Christmas could lead to shortages of domestic heating oil.

    Postal services are also feeling the brunt of the weather, with letters and packages put on hold by the cold snap.

    In Poland, severe frost has killed 93 people so far this winter and Northern Ireland has witnessed its heaviest snow fall in 25 years.

    The Swedish capital, Stockholm, is experiencing the coldest December in 135 years, and in Italy, sub-zero temperatures have frozen Rome's famous fountains, now dripping with icicles rather than gushing water.

    SOURCE: Al Jazeera


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    Interactive: How does your country vote at the UN?

    Interactive: How does your country vote at the UN?

    We visualised 1.2 million votes at the UN since 1946. What do you think are the biggest issues facing the world today?

    'We were forced out by the government soldiers'

    'We were forced out by the government soldiers'

    We dialled more than 35,000 random phone numbers to paint an accurate picture of displacement across South Sudan.

    Interactive: Plundering Cambodia's forests

    Interactive: Plundering Cambodia's forests

    Meet the man on a mission to take down Cambodia's timber tycoons and expose a rampant illegal cross-border trade.