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9 die in storm in central Europe
01 Apr 2015 23:11
At least nine people lost their lives after hurricane-force winds lashed northern Europe, the authorities said.
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Seven people died yesterday in Germany, where Storm Niklas strengthened into a hurricane in some areas, packing winds of more than 190km/hr.
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Three drivers were killed by falling trees, while another three died when they were caught in sudden snow and hail storms that battered the country's south.
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One man was also crushed to death when gales caused a wall to collapse.
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In Austria, a 63-year-old man died as he tried to fix his roof, while a nine-year-old girl was injured by a falling tree.
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Niklas also claimed a life in Switzerland, when a tree crushed a 75-year-old motorist.
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The violent storm spread across Scotland, Poland as well as northern and eastern France, before reaching Germany yesterday.
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Road and rail traffic disrupted by the bad weather in central Europe returned to normal today.
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However, the storm has left many homes without a roof and tens of thousands of households without electricity.
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