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Heavy snowfall wreaks havoc in Serbia, leaving tens of thousands without power

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Heavy snowfall hit much of Serbia on December 12, 2021, causing traffic chaos, leaving communities cut off and some 90 000 customers without power.

Much of western Serbia was left without electricity after heavy snowfall hit the country on December 12. Authorities warned residents to postpone unnecessary travel and to conserve power.

Heavy wet snow was reported in the capital Belgrade, where several trees fell under the weight of heavy snow, damaging cars and buildings.1 Several people had to be rescued after being trapped in their damaged vehicles.

Several flights from and to the capital's main airport were canceled because of the weather conditions and a brief power cut to the main terminal.

In addition, a highway leading to the airport was closed for several hours because of a traffic jam caused by the snowfall.

More than 50 cm (20 inches) of snow was reported in mountainous areas of Javor, Mučanj and Golija.

Between 25 and 50 cm (10 – 20 inches) were reported in Sjenica and Pešter areas.

References:

1 Heavy snowfall wreaks havoc in Serbia and much of Balkans – AFP

2 Snijeg uzrokovao kolaps u Srbiji: Zarobljen voz, odgođene utakmice – Al Jazeera

Featured image credit: Stefan Dee (stillshot)

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