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Europe shivers as winter strikes

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Europe shivers as winter strikes


The freezing weather has not just hit the Channel Tunnel. Airports, railways and roads across much of Europe have ground to a standstill. In Belgium, Brussels-National airport spent much of Sunday closed, all flights delayed or cancelled as snow made take-off and landing impossible.

It was the same all over mainland Europe, with thousands of passengers stranded at ports and airports not knowing whether to hang on or head back home.

And the arctic conditions have had tragic consequences. In Poland, temperatures fell to minus 24 and police reported the deaths of at least 15 people living rough. 47 people have now died in Poland since the beginning of this month.

Social services have tried to get people into shelters, but often meet mistrust or outright refusal. Some street people have accepted help but many others prefer a more solitary lifestyle. The weathermen say the cold is set to continue at least through Christmas.

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