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Hundreds of thousands without power, at least 6 killed after Storm Malik hits Europe

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At least 6 people have been killed after a powerful winter storm brought hurricane-force winds to northern Europe on January 29 and 30, 2022, causing coastal surges and leaving hundreds of thousands without power. This storm is known as Nadia in Germany and Malik elsewhere.

The worst affected were the United Kingdom, Denmark, Poland, and Germany where homes and cars were destroyed, bridges shut, trains canceled and ferries docked as coastal surges led to flooding.1

Malik reached the Nordic region and northern Germany late Saturday, January 29 after moving in from Britain where it caused havoc with material damage and transport chaos, hitting Scotland particularly bad.2

As the storm moved eastward on Sunday, the fire department in the German capital, Berlin, declared an emergency and ordered residents to stay home, where possible.

Substantial material damage was caused by flooding in Denmark as well as in southern parts of Sweden.

Severe damage to houses, cars and boats, among other things, were reported in Norway while heavy snowfall throughout Finland caused road crashes and disrupted bus and train traffic in parts of the country.

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According to Bild, one person died near Berlin when he was hit by an election poster that had been loosened by the wind.

A 9-year-old boy in Staffordshire, England, and a 60-year-old woman in Scotland were killed by falling trees as strong winds battered northern parts of Britain.

Danish media reported that a 78-year-old woman died from severe injuries after falling in strong winds.

In the Czech Republic, two workers were buried by a 5 m (16 feet) high wall that was blown down in an industrial area, with one dying of his injuries at the site of the accident.

In Poland's Wejherowo County, on the Baltic Coast, one person was killed and another injured by a falling tree.

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References:

1 Storm Malik pounds Northern Europe, several dead – DW

2 Storm Malik hits northern Europe with force; at least 4 dead – AP

Featured image credit: RUPTLY (stillshot)

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2 Comments

  1. I live in eastern Scotland where we were hit with the full force of Malik. It wasn’t gusty like other storms, but sustained strong winds that screeched with the most terrifying noise. Never heard anything like it before. We have power back now (after a second helping with storm Corrie); thoughts are with all those affected.

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