Friday, December 21st 2012, 5:05 PM EST
It 'more than 200 death toll of the first wave of cold weather that hit in recent weeks, Central and Eastern Europe and the Balkans. At temperatures below -20 in Moscow and around -50 in some regions of Eastern Siberia, Russia confirmed authentic country-fridge on the continent.
Only half 'December frost has caused at least 56 deaths and 400 hospitalizations of people with symptoms of frostbite. In most cases lose their lives are homeless and homeless people forced to spend the night outdoors. Often under the influence of alcohol, fall asleep remaining victims of the cold-killer.
Even more 'heavy budget in Ukraine, where he froze to death have so far been 85 people, while other 550 are currently hospitalized.
In many cases, both in Russia and in Ukraine, the discomfort caused by cold is accompanied with difficulties' linked to heavy snowfalls that occur in some regions. Especially in Ukraine, a hundred villages are without electricity ', especially in Crimea. Even in Poland the emergency cold is every day more 'tragic. As announced today, the police, the beginning of December, at least 49 people froze to death in the whole country, where in recent days have eased the snowfall that in many cases had led to situations of emergency transport.
The frost and 'player also in the Baltic countries with temperatures well below -20. Six people froze to death in recent days in Lithuania, while the ice hinders the circulation in Latvia and Estonia. After the snowfall in recent days, Hungary, the Czech Republic and Slovakia are also recorded freezing temperatures, with a yet unknown number of victims. The emergency services to homeless and homeless people are mobilized to give more 'can shelter to more people' exposed and weak. In the Balkans are a total of ten so far caused the deaths from cold and heavy snowfall in recent days.
The last two victims were recorded the day before yesterday in Bulgaria, where in some regions of the Northeast, temperatures dropped to -20. The other deaths were recorded in Serbia, Croatia and Bosnia-Herzegovina. Last winter - between January and February - a wave of frost exceptional interested in 'Eastern Europe and the Balkans, causing great distress and over 600 deaths.