Snowfalls that hit Austria and Germany claimed nine lives, TASS reports. Citing Bild, the agency reported that the Austrian town of Hochkar was evacuated, and a state of emergency was declared in the Bavarian Alps in the Miesbach area.
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According to RIA Novosti, as of January 7, the Central Institution for Meteorology and Geodynamics (ZAMG) announced that the snow depth in Austria reached 30 to 50 centimeters per day, while some regions had up to 80 centimeters of snow per day. As a result, several thousand houses and enterprises were left without power.
Weather forecasters expect the snowfalls to continue for a few more days. The fourth level of avalanche danger is still in effect in some regions of Austria.
Local residents and tourists are advised to avoid skiing and travelling by car.