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Extreme weather spreads across Europe

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Extreme weather spreads across Europe


A bitter winter across central Europe is starting to bite. The inside car windows have frozen and some are using hair dryers to warm the engine.

In Romania, the cold Siberian front has claimed the lives of 11 people in the last 24 hours, 22 in five days.

The outlook is bleak, with temperatures at night expected to plummet to below minus 30.

Schools have closed, those that are open are struggling to heat the classrooms improvising with electric radiators, the pupils studying with their coats on.

And power in Poland is one of the biggest causalities in the big freeze that has gripped that country. In the south more than 10,000 households are without heating and lighting. These extremes are especially difficult for homeless people. 11 have reported to have died last night bringing the total of deaths to 202 since the beginning of November, including a 13-year-old boy who died of hypothermia.

The freezing conditions are starting to spread across Turkey. Heavy snow has already hit the east of the country, causing chaos in the city of Erzurum. The temperature has fallen to minus 10 while 40cm of snow have already fallen.

528 villages have been cut off, flights cancelled and the city centre has been without electricity.

Much of central Europe is struggling to cope in the winter white out, which is forecast to last for another couple of days.

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