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Record snowfall in the Alps - up to 370 litres of snow per square metre since last Friday

2 deaths in Italy

07.12.2020 Author: Isolde Moussot Original language: de Translator: Isolde Moussot

The Lesachtal in Austria is particularly affected. Up to 370 litres of precipitation fell there per square metre. In Upper Carinthia and East Tyrol, some weather stations reported more precipitation from Friday to Sunday than ever before since weather recording began.

Due to the composition of the snow, the highest avalanche danger exists in the Alps, currently level 5. An avalanche warner, says in a report by WetterOnline, that he has only experienced level 5 five times in the last 25 years. Larger avalanches have already occurred.

The Lesach Valley and parts of East Tyrol are currently cut off from the outside world. Thousands of households have lost electricity.

Train connections and roads had to be closed. The Brenner railway line is likely to be closed until Tuesday due to a landslide.

An end to the extreme rainfall is not in sight. Further rain and snowfall is expected.

In Italy the extreme rainfall partly fell as rain and caused flooding and landslides, 2 people died because of the high snow and rainfall in Italy. In the region of Modena, whole swathes of land were flooded.

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