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Ski resort evacuated and thousands stranded as heavy snow blankets Alps

Heavy snowfalls have left large areas of the Austrian and Bavarian Alps paralysed, with more than 2,000 people trapped in villages and ski resorts cut off from the outside world. Five people have been killed, and another two are missing.

The entire Austrian ski resort of Hochkar was evacuated on Monday amid fears of avalanches. “We have to bring everyone down from the mountain, both guests and staff. As far as I know, this has never happened in the history of Hochkars, but we can not guarantee medical care at the moment,” Friedrich Fahrnberger, the resort’s mayor, told local NÖN news.

Avalanches warnings are at the second highest level across much of the Austrian and Bavarian Alps, after three feet of snow fell in 24 hours.

“The problem is not the total snow depth, but that more than a metre of snow has been added in such a short time,” Reinhard Blamauer, a Hochkar community worker said.

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