The storm "Ciara" forces to cancel hundreds of flights in Basel and Zurich



The storm "Ciara", which affects part of northern and central Europe, has forced about 230 flights to be canceled on Monday at airports in the Swiss cities of Zurich and Basel and has also caused problems in rail and road traffic, reported the national agency RTS.

The storm, which arrived in Switzerland on Sunday afternoon with gusts of wind up to 150 kilometers per hour in high mountain areas, led to the cancellation this morning of about a hundred take-offs and landings at the Zurich airport, the largest in the country.

In Basel-Mulhouse (shared by the Swiss and French cities, although it is in French territory), 180 flights were canceled on Monday, spokesmen for the airfield reported.

The strong winds also caused cancellations and delays of numerous regional trains, although not in the national network.

On Sunday a tree felled by the storm fell on a wagon without passengers in the town of Moutier (center of the country), without causing injuries.

The fall of trees and other objects also caused cuts in roads, especially in northern cantons (Schaffhausen, Argovia, Soleura and Jura, among others), according to the national authorities responsible for the supervision of this network.

As for personal injuries, for now only one wounded has been reported in Switzerland, a man who was knocked by the door of a metal container that the wind lifted through the air in the town of Rickenbach, in the eastern canton of Lucerne, and that he had to be hospitalized.

The Swiss authorities declared the second highest level of storm warning in several areas of the country, and in various locations in the German-speaking area, in the center and east, primary classes were canceled today.

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