Europe’s big freeze has deepened. Fresh snowfalls have swept across parts of the continent, the number of deaths has risen. Authorities in Serbia say three more people have died while a further 8 have lost their lives in Romania taking the total there to 65.
Army police and firefighters were attempting to clear routes to distribute food and water to thousands who were cut off in this latest white deluge.
One villager 77-year-old Elisabeta Dumitrache said, “No leader has come to ask us if we are still alive. It is only today they have sent emergency services to help us out.”
Two hundred and twenty five people were evacuated in Rimini, while there were similar scenes in other parts of Italy where there were fears the heavy snowfall could cause buildings to collapse.
In Trieste at least ten people were injured when winds of more than 130 kilometres per hour lashed the Adriatic port. Up to half the flights from Rome’s Fiumicino airport were cancelled.
The cold snap which has been responsible for the deaths of fourteen people in the last 12 days in France is set to continue for the next 24 hours say forecasters. In Paris freezing conditions led to the cancellation of rugby union’s Six Nations encounter between France and Ireland. It is the first time in 25 years the fixture has been called off.