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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

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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.