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Bitter weather in Europe – Dec 2009

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We were travelling to Czech, Italy, and France in the Dec 2008; fortunately the weather was supportive at that time, so our travel plan went smoothly. One of the highlight was attending Christmas Eve mass led by Pope.

Please don’t get me wrong, I am not 幸災樂禍. I do understand the pain of being stranded, for my friend and I also experienced being stranded at Luton airport in Feb 2008.

Let’s pray that those who are stranded will be able to reach their destinations and to meet their family / friends soon.

Below was copied from Al Jazeera.

Severe cold weather conditions across Europe are continuing to disrupt travel plans for thousands of people over the Christmas holiday season, with snow and ice forcing air, rail and road closures.

Easyjet cancelled 180 flights on Tuesday, while Ryanair and British Airways warned of delays and cancellations due to heavy snow and freezing temperatures.

Eurostar resumed a partial rail service between Britain and France, after a three-day suspension stranded hundreds of passengers and cancelled the journeys of around 50,000 people.

Weather forecasters are expecting snow to continue falling in the UK, northern France and the Netherlands.

Winter storms across the continent have led to at least 90 deaths in recent days, including 42 mostly homeless people in Poland, where temperatures have plunged to minus 20 degrees Celsius.

Long queues

The travel chaos began on Friday and Saturday when five Eurostar trains broke down, trapping more than 2,000 passengers inside.

“Those travelling on Eurostar today are not people with tickets to travel today but those who were supposed to be travelling on Saturday and Sunday.”

Ian Nunn, a senior Eurostar executive, told Al Jazeera: “People are bearing with us. We are doing our level best to deal with the backlog.

“We are asking people to only turn up if they have tickets for Saturday or Sunday. The priority is to deal with passengers who are stranded and have been so for two or three days.

“[To our passengers] we say sorry. We are refunding tickets and trying to be practical.”

Flights have been cancelled in France, Germany, the Netherlands, Portugal and Spain and main highways were blocked across Europe where some regions had more than 50cm of snow.

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Written by blueroselady

December 22, 2009 at 3:38 pm

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