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Romania hit by snowstorms

11/02/12 00:54 CET

The cold snap continues in Eastern Europe.

The Romanian counties of Buzau, Galati, and Vrancea have been hit by heavy blizzards.

Officials there have asked the central authorities to declare a state of emergency.

An estimated 60,000 people have been left stranded by the icy weather.

Even the Danube has frozen over as temperatures drop as low as minus 20 degrees Celsius.

It started to ice over earlier this month.

Along the Romanian river banks, boat owners have struggled to free their vessels.

The Georgian capital of Tbilissi also remains gripped by freezing temperatures.

Forecasters show the mercury will dip to minus 16 degrees Celsius on Saturday.

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