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    Send in Snow Tanks! German Army Comes to the Rescue After Avalanche - Reports

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    The natural disaster comes amid reports of at least 17 people being killed across Europe by snow and severe weather in recent days, according to the Daily Mail.

    Germany has deployed troops to rescue locals trapped in their homes following heavy snowfall in the town of Berchtesgaden in the Bavarian Alps, not far from the Austrian border, German media reported. 

    READ MORE: Winter Storm in Alps: Avalanche Crashes Into Swiss Hotel (PHOTO)

    The avalanche was as wide as 300 metres and had a height of 5 metres. To get through the snowfall and clear a path, German soldiers used tracked support vehicles and shovelled snow away from buildings. 

    The natural disaster comes amid reports of snow and bad weather killing at least 17 people across Europe in recent days, according to the Daily Mail. 

    Moreover, earlier in the day, reports stated that Swiss emergency service had started searching for persons who might be missing following the sudden natural disaster in Switzerland, which burst through a hotel restaurant while guests were eating. 

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