LONDON, (Pakistan Point News - APP - 14th Jan, 2017 ) - A powerful winter storm battered Europe on Friday, knocking power out for 330,000 homes in France, prompting the evacuation of thousands of seaside dwellers in Britain and disrupting travel. Britain issued more than a dozen severe flood warnings, meaning there was a risk of danger to life, and deployed the military to help thousands of people to evacuate their homes in several seaside communities.
Since the end of last week, a winter cold snap across Europe has killed more than 60 people, with homeless people and migrants stranded in countries like Greece and Serbia most at risk. In France, a woman was killed by a falling tree in her garden in a village near the Mediterranean resort of Nice, while another woman in Albania was found dead on Thursday outside her home in the southern town of Saranda. "She died in front of her children.
Her husband immediately tried to help by cutting the tree but it was too late," a French police official said of the death there. The storm, officially named Egon, also battered Belgium and Germany, where the key international hub of Frankfurt airport cancelled 120 flights. At one point overnight, 330,000 homes were without power in France, although this was reduced to 35,000 by Friday night. Eurostar cancelled two trains between London and Paris, while 180 passengers were forced to spend a chilly night on a high-speed Thalys train from Brussels to the French capital that finally arrived 10 hours late. "At first we had electricity, but then it cut. We found ourselves in the dark without heating," said Eduardo Soteras, a photographer who was on the train.