• Short Summary

    SNOW SHOVELS WERE OUT IN THEIR THOUSANDS IN AUSTRIA TODAY (MONDAY). A 24 HOUR-LONG BLIZZARD?

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    SNOW SHOVELS WERE OUT IN THEIR THOUSANDS IN AUSTRIA TODAY (MONDAY). A 24 HOUR-LONG BLIZZARD YESTERDAY CAUSED ONE OF THE BIGGEST SNOWFALLS IN MANY YEARS. RAIL AND ROAD TRAFFIC THROUGHOUT THE COUNTRY HAS BEEN PARALYSED BY THE HEAVY FALLS. IN AN ATTEMPT TO GET RID OF THE COLOSSAL AMOUNTS SNOW-CLEARING TEAMS HAVE BEEN SHOVELLING IT BY THE LORRY-LOAD DOWN SEWERS.

    SNOW PLOUGHS WENT UP AND DOWN THE LONG RUNWAYS OF VIENNA AIRPORT TODAY SO THAT CIRCLING AIRCRAFT COULD COME DOWN. THE AIRPORT CLOSED DOWN YESTERDAY AND THE FIRST ARRIVAL FOR TWENTY FOUR HOURS LANDED THIS AFTERNOON.

    AUSTRIAN RAILWAYS FEAR THAT THEY WILL BE FORCED TO CANCEL THEIR WHOLE SERVICE IF THE SNOW CONTINUES. TROOPS HAVE HAD TO BE CALLED OUT TO HELP CLEAR TRACK AND POINTS, AND LATER POLICE REINFORCEMENTS WERE BEING USED TO KEEP SERVICES MOVING.

    ROADS WERE BLOCKED BY THE BLIZZARD AND MANY VILLAGES IN THE SOUTH AND EAST OF THE COUNTRY HAVE BEEN CUT OFF. YESTERDAY, AVALANCHES KILLED TWO SKIERS, WHILE A THIRD SAVED HIMSELF BY FRANTICALLY DIGGING HIS WAY OUT OF THE SNOW. IT IS ESTIMATED THAT THE COLD, THE WORST IN AUSTRIA FOR TWENTY YEARS, HAS KILLED 15 PER CENT OF THE WILD ANIMALS LIVING IN THE MOUNTAINS. AT LEAST 15,000 DEER HAVE FROZEN TO DEATH IN ONE PROVINCE ALONE.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA2WZB8QIBWMOJKK6HNNZ3W1IRD
    Media URN:
    VLVA2WZB8QIBWMOJKK6HNNZ3W1IRD
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    04/02/1963
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:24:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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