- Title: GERMANY: FREEZING CONDITIONS CAUSE HAVOC
- Date: 3rd January 1997
- Summary: JUIST, BERLIN, FRANKFURT AND BONN, GERMANY (JANUARY 3, 1996) (RTV - ACCESS ALL) JUIST 1. AERIAL VIEWS OF JUIST PORT AND BOATS STUCK IN ICE 0.15 2. PAN ICY AREA/ LV BOAT STUCK IN ICE/ GV STREET (3 SHOTS) 0.37 3. SV STRANDED MALE TOURIST SAYING: "WE HAD TO CANCEL ALL OUR APPOINTMENTS FOR THIS WEEK. BUT WE DID IT SO IT'S NO PROBLEM. I FIND IT GOOD THAT NATURE HAS DEMONSTARTED ITS STRENGTH' (GERMAN) 0.50 4. SCU ANOTHER STRANDED TOURIST SAYING: "WE CAME HERE FOR THE FOURTH TIME. EVEN THOUGH THE WEATHER USED TO BE TOUGH HERE, WE HAVE NEVER EXPERIENCED ANYTHING LIKE IT(" (GERMAN) 1.01 5. LV/PAN TOURISTS AT AIRPORT GETTING OFF BUSES/ BOARDING PLANES (3 SHOTS) 1.29 6. LV PLANES DEPARTING WITH TOURISTS (2 SHOTS) 1.49 BONN/COLOGNE AIRPORT 7. LV EXTERIOR SHOT OF BONN/COLOGNE AIRPORT 1.53 8. LV/SV PLANES BEING DE-ICED (4 SHOTS) 2.16 9. SLV LUFTHANSA PLANE TAXIING 2.25 10. LV TRUCKS CLEARING AIR STRIP (2 SHOTS) 2.42 FRANKFURT 11. LV/SV HOMELESS PEOPLE IN STREETS/ SHOPPERS (5 SHOTS) 3.10 12. LV/SV HOMELESS IN UNDERGROUND ENTRANCE (2 SHOTS) 3.19 13. SV (UNIDENTIFIED) HOMELESS MAN SAYING: 'IT WOULD BE VERY GOOD IF WE COULD ALSO SPEND NIGHTS HERE AS IT REALLY IS TOO COLD TO SLEEP OUT IN THE OPEN' (GERMAN) 3.49 14. LV/SV MAN SLEEPING ON CARDBOARD BOX (2 SHOTS) 4.00 BERLIN 15. LV BOATS/ LV/SV CHILDREN ICE SKATING/ LV PEOPLE 'WINDSURFING' ON FROZEN WANNSEE LAKE (6 SHOTS) 4.37 Initials Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved.
- Embargoed: 18th January 1997 12:00
- Location: JUIST, BONN/COLOGNE AIRPORT, FRANKFURT AND BERLIN, GERMANY
- Country: Germany
- Reuters ID: LVA79AY1POBAK7ZPHIHS73UMERSQ
- Story Text: INTRO: The worst freezing conditions affecting Europe for years are causing havoc in Germany where tourists have had to be air-lifted to safety, airports have ground to a halt and the homeless search for shelter. Berliners however have taken advantage and got their skates on.
Over three thousand tourists who spent New Year's Eve on the northern island of Juist were trapped in their hotels as subfreezing temperatures made waters impassable for the ferries.
Rescue flights had to be organised by the local authorities as weather forecasts warned against the second wave of freezing weather to hit northern Germany over the weekend.
Till Friday (January 3) about 2,000 people had been air-lifted onto the coast as authorities were hoping to fly out the last tourist on Monday morning (January 6).
Airport authorities at Bonn/Cologne airport had to de-ice planes and tarmac on Friday (January 3) as a thick layer of snow and ice covered the air strips.
Hanns Ley, spokesman for the Bonn/Cologne airport told Reuters Television that due to the unfavourable weather conditions a number of flights might have to be delayed.
"This weather definitely affects the airport operations" Leysaid. "Depending on a number of planes that will need to be de-iced some flights might be delayed" he added.
In Frankfurt many homeless people used the underground shoppping areas to escape the subfreezing temperatures.
Despite temperatures well below zero, ocassional snow flurries and icy winds, many Berliners put on their skates and went out to make the most of city's frozen ponds and canals.
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