In Carinthia, Austria, such a storm as has raged today has not been experienced for more than half a century.

The weather is varied behind us, and local storms have also caused some problems, but the northern neighbors have met a completely different monster today. Severe storms raged, and one fatality was recorded.

Mountain Rescue Villach

Trebinja (meeting at Lake Ossiach).

In Austria, it was most severely affected in the wider area of ​​Villach in Austrian Carinthia, especially in the area of ​​Lake Ossiach, a glacial lake north of Villach. There, the storm caused a real devastation, and more than 30 fire brigades had to go to the field, which are still removing the consequences. One fatality was also recorded, namely an 82-year-old pensioner died in the storm. Another person was missing. The man, along with a car and other debris, branches and trees, was swept away by a torrent. In the evening, the news that the man had been found alive then resounded, but the circumstances of the incident were not yet known. The 82-year-old was unlucky when the mass caught him in front of his house and carried him about 300 meters lower. An extensive search operation was launched, but only his body was found.

The victims are also among the animals on a popular tourist farm, the Pilsachhof guest house in the municipality of Arriach (Arjoh). There, they boast a real paradise for animals, a shelter that is home to many rescued cats, dogs, rabbits, donkeys, ponies and others, reports the newspaper Kronenzeitung. The storm killed two ponies, two donkeys, two horses, one sheep, two rabbits, eight cats and even all the chickens.


Cut off from the world

The roads to some places in the vicinity of Villach are supposed to be completely impassable, and the locals are completely cut off from the world. Many trees fell on the roads, flooded with meteor water, mud and earth, and hail fell on top of them. The competent authorities have already called on the locals to stay in their homes due to the high risk of landslides. Torrential floods took away a large number of cars and also a smaller bridge. “Something like this last happened in July 1946, my father told me about it several times,” described the situation Heinz Rauter, a local in the municipality of Treffen (Trebinja). He said people are without electricity and water, “They are completely cut off from the world.” In the area of ​​nearby Arriach, for example, all the streams crossed the banks. In the village of Hundsdorf, there are about 150 people without drinking water due to problems with the water supply system, and the entire municipality is said to be without electricity.

Austrian President Alexander Van der Bellen he called on residents via Twitter to “take care of themselves and their fellow human beings,” and thanked civil protection and rescue services.





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