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Austria – An avalanche at an Austrian resort in the Alps has claimed the lives of five skiers from the Czech Republic. The avalanche in the Tyrol region buried 17 people injuring at least two skiers. Ten people were rescued unhurt. Two ski groups from the Czech Republic were caught up in the snowslide, including two guides. Helicopters and search dogs were deployed to rescue the injured. The entire skiing region has been on a level three avalanche alert and skiers were warned about the avalanche danger by locals.
Scotland – Flooding, gales and snow disrupted travel across Scotland today with ice forecast to cause further problems tonight. Several roads were closed and trains cancelled by flooding, with snow hampering driving over the Drumochter pass on the A9 between Perth and Inverness. Two Met Office yellow – “be aware” – severe weather warnings have been issued, including for winds up to 65mph. However, the impact of the next storm – named today as Imogen – is expected to be limited to southern England and Wales when it arrives tomorrow with winds of up to 80mph.
Malaysia – The flood situation continues unabated in the southern states during the first day of the Chinese New Year. In Malacca, the number of victims increased to 4,600 people (1,005 families) Monday morning from 4,317 (956) Sunday night. In Johor, the floods claimed their first victim, a 14 year old boy.