Cold snap causes 95 deaths in Eastern Europe

Cold snap causes 95 deaths in Eastern Europe

Vilnius : Lithuania | Feb 01, 2012 at 1:51 PM PST
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Poland cold snap leaves 27 dead in January

In Ukraine alone, 43 people died on Friday due to extremely low temperatures exceeding 20 degrees below zero. The region faces its worst season in 50 years the Arctic climate.

According to the Ukrainian Ministry of Emergency in the last 24 hours have killed thirteen people, while from the beginning of the polar wave 723 have been hospitalized with symptoms of frostbite and hypothermia. Therefore, the authorities have enabled this Wednesday, throughout the country, with 1735 spaces for heating and hot food that people can protect themselves from cold.

The worst affected area is the eastern part, where temperatures have fallen below 20 degrees below zero. For Thursday is expected to fall to minus 29 degrees.

In Poland, the intense cold has killed at least twenty people, five of them on Wednesday, while two other victims have been recorded by inhaling carbon monoxide from a heater in disrepair.

In that country, thermometers have plunged on Wednesday below 20 degrees below zero, but expect weather services in the coming days will reach even up to minus 30 degrees.

In some cities, like Warsaw, were lit bonfires in the streets for the most vulnerable citizens can withstand hot and cold temperatures. Many people seeking home heat stoves, which can be dangerous if proper precautions are taken, recalled the authorities.

Also the Baltic countries - Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania has one of the worst cold snaps in recent years, with temperatures in some locations are close to 30 degrees below zero.

So far, four people were killed in Lithuania, where in many localities the authorities have had to deal with people for frostbite and hypothermia. In Romania, the death toll has now reached 14, according to the Ministry of Health, and hundreds of homeless have been taken to community centers throughout the country to protect themselves from extreme cold, which in the central province of Covasna reached 32.5 degrees Celsius.

The first snowfall of this winter paralyzed the country for the weekend and left Bucharest alone. Thousands of vehicles on the roads were blocked, cut through the snow. Dozens of villages were without electricity and the government turned to the army and emergency services to rescue the victims of the storm.

Meteorologists explain the phenomenon as a mass of air from the south of Siberia, which extends practically over the entire territory of Russia and the extreme cold cause that affects most countries of Eastern Europe.

In Bulgaria, where the temperature has reached 29 degrees below zero, five people died in recent days.

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Cold snap causes 95 deaths in Eastern Europe
In Ukraine alone, 43 people died on Friday due to extremely low temperatures exceeding 20 degrees below zero.
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