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Europe still gripped by the big freeze

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Europe still gripped by the big freeze


Bitterly cold conditions still hold much of Europe in a wintry grip. Seville in Spain has seen its first snowfall for half a century. Scottish rail services are still suffering widespread cancellations.

And in Poland — where at least 86 people have died from hypothermia — 70,000 households are without power and the country’s transport network is at a near standstill.

Authorities in Germany report things slowly getting back to normal after a weekend of heavy snow, but although though main roads in Berlin were clear, motorists and pedestrians struggled to leave the side streets.

Frankfurt airport reported around 320 flight cancellations over the weekend and warned of more disruption to come.

One Berlin resident said: “If I take my 85 year old aunt out, she thinks it’s all normal, except we’ve got more than usual. It’s quite normal. It’s winter!”

In the Netherlands, Amsterdam’s canals became skating rinks for the first time in more than a decade, providing free entertainment for those brave enough to venture out.

Others who thought the ice was not strong enough to support their weight opted for another form of winter sport – diving below the ice.

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