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Bulgaria + 5 others
UNISDR issues flood warning as thaw sets in across Eastern and Central Europe

GENEVA, 21 February 2012 - The UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction, UNISDR, today said the European Flood Alert System could soon be put to its greatest test since widespread flooding ten years ago led to its creation by the European Commission.

The UN Secretary General's Special Representative for Disaster Risk Reduction, Margareta Wahlström, said she was particularly concerned about the consequences for those countries bordering the Danube where the ice is now starting to break up in the first signs of a spring thaw.

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Bulgaria + 1 other
Winter proves better planning needed in Europe

GENEVA, 20 February 2012 - Europe's vulnerability to disasters and the current tough winter "are a clear sign that we need to plan better and manage more robustly the risks we face," warns European Commissioner, Kristalina Georgieva, who is responsible for International Cooperation, Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Response.

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Rapid Response Fund Payment Request No. 02/2012 for Cold Snap and Severe Snow Fall in Romania

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ACT Alliance

ACT Rapid Response Payment Request for US$ 49,846. ACT member AIDRom is planning to respond with distribution of relief food & mineral water, and family hygiene kits.

Emergency: Romanian Authorities Declared State of Emergency After Cold Snap and Severe Snow Fall.

Date of Emergency: 27 January – 15 February 2012 (still ongoing)

Requesting Member(s): Ecumenical Association of Churches in Romania - AIDRom

DETAILS OF THE EMERGENCY:

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Habitat for Humanity responds to snow storms in Romania

BRATISLAVA/BUCHAREST (February 17, 2012) – Over the last three weeks, a massive cold wave from Russia affected the entire region of Central and Eastern Europe. Parts of Ukraine, Slovakia and Romania recorded the lowest temperatures. At the same time, massive snowfalls hit south-eastern areas of Romania.

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Deaths from Romania's winter freeze up to 86: ministry

02/15/2012 11:36 GMT

BUCHAREST, February 15, 2012 (AFP) - Another seven deaths from Romania's wave of bitterly cold weather has brought the toll up to 86, the health ministry said Wednesday, as the country struggled with up to five metres of snow.

The seven deaths came amid a growing row over the authorities' failure to protect vulnerable people trapped in their homes by the heavy snowfalls, which in some cases have completely buried houses.

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Extreme winter conditions (MDRRO004) DREF operation bulletin

CHF 165,927 has been allocated from the IFRC’s Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) to support the Romanian Red Cross in delivering immediate assistance to 800 families (3,200 beneficiaries).
Unearmarked funds to repay DREF are encouraged.

Summary: Extreme cold and excessive snowfall in the past two weeks have caused many problems in the south-eastern regions of Romania. On 10th February, more than 310 villages were reported to be totally isolated because of the snow. Governmental institutions are still working on clearing the roads from snow.

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215 Russians die in cold snap; well over 600 in Europe

02/13/2012 15:15 GMT

MOSCOW, February 13, 2012 (AFP) - Some 215 Russians have died this year in a prolonged period of abnormally cold winter weather, the health ministry said Monday as the overall death toll for Europe rose to well over 600.

Heavy snow continued to fall on Monday in Romania and Bulgaria, but the cold snap that froze much of Europe for the past two weeks began to ease in the west of the continent.

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Hungary + 17 others
Hungary orders Danube closed because of big freeze

BUDAPEST, February 10, 2012 (AFP) - Hungary closed the Danube to river traffic Friday due to thick ice, bringing shipping to a near standstill on Europe's busiest waterway, as the continent's cold snap death toll passed 540.

"Shipping was ordered stopped overnight Thursday to Friday because of conditions created by icing along the Hungarian part of the river," Istvan Lang, who heads the national technical supervisory body OMIT said.

"All ships still underway must immediately head for the closest harbour," Lang, quoted by MTI news agency, said.

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Aid sent by helicopter as thousands remain cut off in Europe

by Rusmir Smajilhodzic

SARAJEVO, February 8, 2012 (AFP) - Helicopters ferried food and medicine to iced-in villagers Wednesday as Europe's 12-day-old cold snap tightened its frigid grip on the continent, where more than 400 have died as a result.

Eastern countries such as Poland and Ukraine account for more than half of the death toll, and dozens more have succumbed to the weather's secondary effects, such as asphyxiation due to shoddy heating.

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Ukraine + 11 others
Cold spell in Europe in late winter 2011/2012

After unusually mild weather in December 2011 and early January 2012 almost all over Europe, the weather situation changed abruptly in the middle of January. An incursion of cold polar air, coming from northern Russia at the south flank of an extensive high pressure area brought extremely low temperatures over large parts of Europe and also some considerable snowfall especially over various parts of the continent.

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Ice-breakers battle Europe's big chill

02/07/2012 17:20 GMT

BELGRADE, February 7, 2012 (AFP) - Ice-breakers Tuesday battled Europe's big chill as the Danube river froze over more than 100 miles (170 kilometres), and dozens died of cold on a continent gripped by some of the lowest temperatures in decades.

The overall death toll from the cold snap that began 11 days ago edged past 400 while forecasters warned there would be no early let-up to the freezing weather.

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Romania + 4 others
Eastern Europe: World Vision responds to freezing weather needs in Romania and Albania

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As harsh winter conditions continue to choke many parts of Eastern Europe, World Vision is responding to keep vulnerable children and families safe in poverty-affected communities where it serves. World Vision Romania operates in seven counties across the country, five of which are heavily affected by the snow and freezing temperatures.

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Bulgaria + 3 others
Snow cuts off hundreds of villages in eastern Europe

By Irina Ivanova

SOFIA, Feb 7 (Reuters) - Heavy snowfall and strong winds across eastern Europe cut off hundreds of villages on Tuesday and rescue teams struggled to evacuate people in southern Bulgaria where rain and melting snow caused a dam wall to break, flooding an entire village.

A river dike also broke under intense water pressure near Kapitan Andreevo at the border with Turkey, officials said.

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Romania + 6 others
Romania rescues children as Europe's freeze deepens

  • Nine Romanian children taken into care

  • Bus trapped by avalanche in Bosnia

  • Skaters cross fingers in The Netherlands

  • Snow closes Rome's Colosseum

  • Cold claims first life in Albania, France

By Ioana Patran

BUCHAREST, Feb 3 (Reuters) - Nine Romanian children were taken into care after a baby died in an unheated house, joining at least 189 others killed by a Siberian front which strengthened its hold over Eastern Europe on Friday and spread further west.

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Belarus + 5 others
Dozens dead and thousands at risk as Red Cross responds to sudden cold snap in Europe

With temperatures expected to drop below -30 in Eastern and Central Europe this week the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies has warned that thousands of homeless people are at risk. Over 80 people have already died in Poland and Ukraine. The sudden cold snap has affected a huge swathe of Europe, from southern Italy to Turkey, and north to Serbia, Romania, Bulgaria, and Russia.

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Ukraine + 6 others
163 dead as cold snap grips Europe

WARSAW — A cold snap kept Europe in its icy grip Thursday, pushing the death toll to 163 as countries from Ukraine to Italy struggled with temperatures that plunged to record lows in some places.

Entire villages were cut off in parts of eastern Europe, trapping thousands, while road, air and rail links were severed and gas consumption shot up during what has been the severest winter in decades in some regions.

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Ukraine + 5 others
Emergency funds released to help Red Cross response to Europe’s big chill

by Giovanni Zambello

The extreme cold wave gripping Central and Eastern Europe continues unabated, with wind, heavy snow and Siberia-level temperatures – in some areas as low as -32 C –has led to the death of over 80 people from hypothermia and frostbite, caused power outages, traffic chaos and seen the closure of schools and nurseries in parts of Ukraine, Belarus, Poland, Serbia, Romania and Russia.

The majority of the victims are homeless people, already victims of the prolonged economic crisis.