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22 Dec 2009 description

BUCHAREST, Romania -- Sub zero weather in Romania has claimed 11 lives over the past several days, health authorities announced on Monday (December 21st). Across the Balkans, night temperatures plunged to -20 degrees Celsius. Winter storms and heavy snow have paralysed life many areas. In Serbia, dozens of cars remained stuck on roads, while in Croatia, rail traffic has been disrupted. Cold weather caused power cuts in about 130 towns and villages in Bulgaria.

21 Dec 2009 description
report Xinhua

KIEV, Dec. 21 (Xinhua) -- A five-day-long heavy snowfall caused27 weather-related deaths, the Ukrainian Health Ministry's press service said in a statement on Monday.

"Eleven people froze to death in Donetsk region, three each in Luhansk and Volyn regions, two each in Sumy, Kherson and Cherkasy regions, and one each in Ivano-Frankivsk, Kirovohrad, Rivne and Chernivtsi regions.

21 Dec 2009 description
report Xinhua

BUCHAREST, Dec. 21 (Xinhua) -- A week-long blizzard in Romania caused 11 weather-related deaths, the country's Health Ministry said Monday.

The ministry also warned people to avoid exposure to cold, to dress warmly and to eat protein-rich food.

It said elderly people, especially those suffering from heart and respiratory problems, should steer clear of trips and crowded places.

The National Meteorology Administration announced that temperatures would start to rise from Tuesday.

Editor: Fang Yang

20 Dec 2009 description

The death toll continued Sunday to rise in Europe as the severe Arctic cold, blizzards and snowfalls kept a grip on the continent, causing major transport and energy disruptions.

From northern Europe to the Balkans, weather officials reported temperatures plunging overnight to as low as minus 30 degrees Celsius, while further snowfalls created havoc with rail services and left motorists stranded for hours on icy and snow-covered roads.

In Warsaw, police officials said 15 people froze to death on Saturday alone, bringing to 57 the number of people who have died in Poland from exposure …