Sixteen thousand without electricity in northern, central Hungary

Budapest, November 27 (MTI) – Some 16,000 residents have been left without electricity in two counties in northern and central Hungary due to broken power cables on the first wintery night with strong winds and snow in the country.

Households have no electricity in parts of the cities of Esztergom and Tatabanya in the north and 25 other towns and villages in the affected region, the spokeswoman for the power and gas company, E.ON told MTI on Saturday. Work is under way with the disaster management authority to restore electricity in households possibly by Saturday evening, said Nikoletta Egyhazi.

    Snowing started in almost all parts of the country on Friday night and covered the city of Nagykanizsa and the region with the thickest, 15-20 centimetre blanket in the southwest by Saturday morning, authorities said.

    Fire fighters were called 150 times to help rescue trapped vehicles or remove fallen trees, the national disaster management authority said.

    The snowfall also led to delays in several train services during the morning, but most of them returned to schedule by the afternoon, state railway MAV said.

    In the capital 20 centimetres of snow covered the hilly Buda area and 6-10 centimetres the city’s Pest side this morning, but no traffic disruption were reported.

    The weather forecast is for skies to clear up for the rest of the day with daytime temperatures above zero degree and no additional snow over the weekend.

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