Freezing weather and heavy snow hits Europe as death toll increases | ITV News

Three people in Switzerland have been injured after an avalanche hit a hotel, while across Europe, at least 20 people have died as freezing weather and heavy snow hits the continent.

A separate avalanche in Bulgaria killed two snowboarders in the Pirin Mountains on Friday.

The Bulgarian Red Cross alleged the two triggered the avalanche that killed them after ignoring warnings and weather alerts.

In eastern Switzerland, police said three people were slightly hurt when an avalanche hit a hotel at Schwaegalp on Thursday afternoon.

In Germany, the 48-year-old driver of a snow plough died on Friday after his vehicle toppled into an icy river.

Albania’s Energy Ministry said a power company employee suffered a fatal heart attack while repairing damaged supply lines.

About 2,000 soldiers and other emergency workers in Albania were assigned to help people trapped by snow and to clear roads to restore access to rural areas.

Several municipalities in southwest Serbia have introduced emergency measures, warning of snow piling up on the roads and sealing off mountain villages, Serbian state TV reported on Friday.

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