Europe: Cold Wave - Dec 2009

Disaster description

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 to the severe weather since early December. In Prague, police confirmed that six people, including three homeless persons, were believed to have frozen to death in the north-eastern city of Ostrava at the weekend. In south-eastern Europe, heavy snowfall, blizzards and freezing temperatures trapped dozens of cars on Serbian roads, disrupted rail services in Croatia and caused power cuts all around Bulgaria, local media reported Sunday. (DPA, 20 Dec 2009)

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