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Frosts kill dozens in central Europe

Tuesday, January 10, 2017 - 01:14

Severe frosts and snow storms killed at least 25 people in central Europe over the weekend, mainly in Poland, as temperatures in the region dropped below -30 degrees Celsius in some places. Julia Glover reports.

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Freezing weather conditions in central Europe are proving deadly. Severe frosts and snow storms have killed at least 25 people over the weekend, mainly in Poland. In some places temperatures in the region dropped below -30 degrees Celsius. The homeless were badly affected, with people living on the streets dying in the Czech Republic and in Slovakia. While thousands of migrants trapped in Serbia face night-time temperatures below -20C. Without proper shelter many are sleeping in an abandoned warehouse near Belgrade. (SOUNDBITE) (English) MIGRANT FROM PAKISTAN, AMIN JAHN, SAYING: "Actually the cold is too much and last night we didn't sleep, we (were) all sitting around the fire and it was too cold, I think it was minus 16, 15 (Celsius), last night. Refugee camps are packed and only women and children are likely to be let in, leaving the men to seek shelter where they can On the border with Hungary many are forced to sleep in tents to queue for asylum applications. Weather forecasts predict more harsh frosts across the region for the coming days.

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Frosts kill dozens in central Europe

Tuesday, January 10, 2017 - 01:14