Snowfall causes misery in Germany, five killed


North German states of Mecklenburg Pomerania and Schleswig-Holstein as well as some of the Baltic Sea islands are the worst hit by the snow chaos, which comes after several days of freezing winter.

Blizzards and heavy snow brought by depression 'Kezibans' paralysed transport services in these two states and cut off some remote villages on the islands.
One motorist was killed when his vehicle skidded on a highway and collided with another in North Rhine Westphalia, where alone more than 300 road accidents were reported.
The snow chaos also caused hundreds of road accidents in the states of Thuringia, Saxony, Baaden-Wuerttemberg, Rhineland Palatinate and Bavaria.

Two motorists died in a road accident in Thuringia while two others were killed in a collision attributed to the snow chaos in Bavaria.
In Mecklenberg Pomerania, snow clearing teams were faced fresh snow as they tried to cut their way through metre-high snow blocking a highway to free several hundred motorists.

Snow-blocked railway lines forced the German railways to cancel its entire regional train services in the state.
A crisis management team in the state capital of Schwerin said the impact of 'Kezibans' in the state was worse than the misery caused by depression 'daisy' which struck western Europe early this month.

The German railways reported long delays in its services throughout the country and suspended several long distance and regional train services in Munich.
Fresh snow aggravating the freezing conditions also caused severe disruptions of air travel throughout Germany.

At the Munich Airport, More than 60 flights were cancelled yesterday and a number of incoming and outgoing flights were delayed.
Flight delays and cancellations were also reported at the airports in Luebeck, Hamburg, Duesseldorf and Cologne.

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