Heavy Snow in Europe Weather and Climate
February 11, 2012 snow buried house 10,000 villagers, imprisoning them in their homes, and the number of victims in Europe has grown to 550.
More snow fell in Italy and the Balkan Islands, and the Danube closed to shipping for a hundred miles, for the first time in the 27 years covered by ice in Bulgaria.
In the Montenegrin capital Podgorica fixed 50-year record for snowfall, which reached 50 centimeters. As a result of the unusual weather was suspended rail links with Serbia and closed the main airport.
In Romania, killing another eight people, and the total number of victims to 65. The new Prime Minister Mihai Razvan calls on the authorities to work harder on the care provided to residents in villages cut off from the road, as they, despite previously provided assistance from the air, threatened by famine. In one village, firefighters and volunteers help people dig trenches and tunnels to houses in areas where snow pours on the roof. According to authorities, more than 30,000 people are still cut off from the world, and in the Balkans is the number reaches 110,000, with only 60,000 in Montenegro, 10% of the population experiencing severe weather conditions.
In Serbia, from 8 to 10 February was declared official holiday throughout the country, and in Belgrade, attempts to limit the power consumption. In neighboring Kosovo, nine people were killed in an avalanche, and a few houses in which there were about 10 people, was inundated with 10 feet of snow.
In the evening on February 10 in Poland because of a defective heating system caused by a sudden fire in several houses and flats, killing 11 people.
Rome again covered with snow, but this time, the public transport in the capital worked flawlessly through 700 snowblower, but not in other regions of the country, where snow — a rather rare phenomenon. In the region of Calabria, where many villages are cut off from the world, the weather conditions are compared with the "no earthquake aftershocks."
On one of the Mediterranean islands of Corsica, France, in the villages above the other, snowfall reached one meter. But despite the cold, residents enjoy extraordinary weather conditions.
Frozen lakes and rivers attract thousands of people, including the Alster Lake in Hamburg, is covered with ice for the first time in 15 years. In the Czech Republic, many tourists come to the village Kvilda, which this year was the lowest recorded temperature -39 ° C to relax outdoors in extreme conditions.
Cold snap began two weeks ago and will last until February 24, 2012.