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Southern Austria on highest avalanche alert after heavy snow


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Southern Austria on highest avalanche alert after heavy snow

Parts of Austria are on the highest alert for avalanches amid some of the worst snow conditions for 15 years.

In the south at least two people died – one as he drove a snowplough, another fell into a swollen river.

Many trains were cancelled, and with more snow forecast over 1,000 soldiers were put on standby, with five helicopters ready for rescue operations.

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