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Military rescue for snowbound northern Europe

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Military rescue for snowbound northern Europe


The German army deployed a helicopter on Wednesday to provide emergency supplies to the Baltic Sea island of Hiddensee, cut off from the mainland by the bad weather. Food, medicine and post were flown in for about a thousand residents who’ve been isolated for several days.

Other parts of Germany continued to suffer. Near Dortmund cars had to be dug out after being stuck in snow for several hours.

In Denmark the military were also called upon to assist rescue teams.

They provided backup to an ambulance sent to help a man who’d had a heart attack. A 13 ton vehicle known as the Piranha was brought in – it was last used during the war in Iraq.

Elsewhere in Denmark schools had to cancel classes while snowploughs struggled to keep airport runways clear of snow.

In Sweden several rural schools were closed as snow drifts stopped buses from running. Train services between Malmo and Copenhagen were suspended and passengers took replacement bus services instead. With more heavy snow forecast, commuters face more disruption.

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