Norway and Sweden hit hard by Storm Hanes

The storm hit Sweden first, then Norway in recent days. In Hudiksvall, about 300 kilometers north of the Swedish capital Stockholm, two carriages of a passenger train derailed on Monday after a railway bridge collapsed due to heavy rain. Three people were injured as a result.

The situation was very tense on Tuesday in the Swedish city of Ur after the Susabaken River burst its banks. The photos show flooded streets and how masses of water wash away the ground beneath a pizzeria. In Gothenburg, the fishing port area was flooded on Tuesday after the Göta River burst its banks.

The ground was washed away below a pizzeria in Ur.ANP/EPA image

A landslide caused severe damage to a house in Valdres, Norway.  AFP photo

A landslide caused severe damage to a house in Valdres, Norway.AFP photo

A landslide caused severe damage to a house in Valdres, Norway. No one is hurt. In Hemsedal, another Norwegian village, a house has been dragged into a river.

Bad weather also caused traffic disruption: many roads were closed and trains and ferries were cancelled. Residents of the Åre ski resort have also been warned to stay away from the flooding of Susabacken. This was reported by the Swedish crisis information website Krisinformation.

At the same time, the weather is currently hampering rescue efforts. It was almost impossible to extinguish a forest fire near the town of Klitmüller due to the strong winds.

The Norwegian Meteorological Institute expects severe weather to also bring significant amounts of rain on Wednesday, particularly north of Oslo. Code Red has also been declared for high water levels in southwestern Sweden. Code Orange applies in other parts of the state.

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“Be aware of closed roads. The Norwegian police said in a statement that electricity, telephone communications and the Internet may also be cut off at certain times in parts of the country.

In Hemsedal, in Norway, passers-by filmed how a large mobile home ended up in the river and was swept away by the violent current. The convoy eventually runs into a bridge, where it gets stuck and is destroyed by the force of the water. According to a camp worker in the area, the caravan came from his location, he told Norwegian broadcaster NRK.

Nurse Ingrid Marie Nyborg (left) gets help from members of the rescue team to go to work in Oslo, Norway.  ANP/EPA image

Nurse Ingrid Marie Nyborg (left) gets help from members of the rescue team to go to work in Oslo, Norway.ANP/EPA image

    A man gets out of a submerged car in Arlov, near Malmö, Sweden.  ANP/EPA image

A man gets out of a submerged car in Arlov, near Malmö, Sweden.ANP/EPA image

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