A powerful snowstorm paralyzed several states in the Balkan region. The most difficult situation was Montenegro. Because of the huge amount of snow and winds gusting to 80 km / h in the country blocked hundreds of roads, communication between some settlements can be established only by air. Celebrated in many places dangerous upheaval of fresh snow several meters.
Of listed mountain roads near the resort Zabljak of stranded vehicles had to evacuate dozens of passengers, because the snow depth has reached a point where a 230 cm in some places the road managed to clear only to move rescue equipment. Blizzards and avalanches by surprise train, which was stuck on the mountain site of the route. 1 passenger was killed and others were evacuated by helicopter, but before that they had three days to expect help, so how to rescue the wind and snow was unsafe.
Most schools in the mountain villages were closed, classes will begin only after the stabilization of the situation with the snow. Do not operate the school and in the central town of Niksic, Montenegro, where the height of the snow covered close to 1 meter. People are seriously concerned that the roofs of the houses can not withstand the load and collapse directly to tenants. In one hospital in Podgorica has recorded such an incident, fortunately, patients have time to evacuate. In hundreds of communities marked power outages or lack of it, for example, in the suburb of Podgorica.
Montenegrin authorities have concluded that self to lead the country out of "snow" of the crisis can not, and therefore requested help from its NATO partners. Especially for the provision of additional equipment and staff to clear roads and repair power lines. Help is expected in the coming days.