Three days of blizzards and a freak ice storm have inflicted “the worst devastation in living memory” in the small Alpine country of Slovenia as life in half of the country is frozen in place.
Unexpected rain in the west rapidly turned to ice, entombing cars, trains, ATMS, and power lines in addition to half of Slovenia’s forests (roughly 1.2 million acres).
A tiny EU member-state already going through a recession and a bank bailout over billions of euros in toxic debt, Slovenia is now facing the worst economic crisis in two decades.
“Slovenia has witnessed a major natural disaster,” Prime Minister Alenka Bratusek said while visiting the badly-hit town of Ljubno ob Savinji.
“At first they said we’d be here three days. Now they told us two weeks, maybe even longer,” Mateusz Frym, part of a team of Austian emergency workers who came with 26 generators to help, told Reuters. “We have a lot of snow (in Austria), but this is crazy, really crazy.”
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