Monday, January 25, 2010

Cold snap kills 40 in eastern Europe

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Cold snap kills 40 in eastern Europe

More than 40 people have died this week as eastern and central Europe battles a Siberian cold snap that has cut power and roads, disrupted air travel and stranded whole villages, officials said Monday.

Snow has blanketed swathes of western Turkey, Bulgaria and Romania, with lows of minus 35 degrees Celsius (minus 31 Fahrenheit), while Poland has again been gripped by a deep freeze that has killed more than 200 in the country since November.

An ice and snow front moved Monday into Germany causing the cancellation of more than 200 flights out of Frankfurt airport -- Europe's third biggest international air hub -- according to the airport management company.

Snow was expected to reach up to 35 centimetres (14 inches) in some parts of Istanbul, a city of 14 million, according to the natural disaster coordination centre.

In Poland temperatures as low as minus 35 Celsius claimed 11 lives over the weekend, police said Monday, taking the toll since November to 202.

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