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Dozens die as cold snap grips Europe

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Freezing temperatures have killed more than 30 people across central and eastern Europe.

At least ten people have died in Poland where the cold plunged to minus 26 degrees celsius. Elderly and homeless people were amongst the victims as the country was hit by heavy snow.

Meanwhile in Ukraine, eighteen people have died of hypothermia while as many as 500 people sought medical treatment for cold-related conditions.

In Bulgaria, a state of emergency was declared in all but three of the country’s 28 districts. The government has set up shelters to provide food and drink to those in need.

A 57-year-old man was reported to have died in a small village in Bulgaria’s northwest.

In Romania, local media reported four people had died after snowstorms and icy weather swept the country.