Extremely cold weather kills at least 23 across Europe

January 7, 2017 10:30 pm

People walk under the snow at Eyup district in Istanbul on January 6, 2017. (Photos by AFP)

A cold snap in has left at least 23 people dead over the past two days, while the frigid temperatures are expected to drop even further over the weekend.
Ten people have died so far in Poland where the last recorded temperature was as low as minus 14 degrees Celsius on Saturday.
“Seven people died on Friday in what was the deadliest day this winter,” said a Polish government spokesperson Bozena Wysocka.
“We recorded three other victims the previous day,” she said. “This takes to 53 the number of hypothermia victims since November 1,” she added.
According to Italian authorities, over the past 48 hours, seven people, including five homeless persons, were killed by the severe cold. On Saturday morning, the airports at the towns of Bari and Brindisi as well as in Sicily were also forced to close down due to the cold.

View of a park shot through a windshield covered in snow, in Berlin on January 7, 2017. 

In the Czech Republic’s capital Prague, three people — two homeless people and a parking lot guard — also died.
Meanwhile, temperatures in the Russia capital Moscow fell to minus 30, and to minus 24 in Saint Petersburg, where police uncovered the frozen body of a man who had died of hypothermia on Saturday morning.
On Friday, the frozen bodies of two migrants were found by Bulgarian locals in mountains located close to the border with Turkey.
In Turkey’s largest city Istanbul, 65 centimeters of snow was recorded forcing a large number of flights to be canceled. Shipping was also halted through the Bosphorus Strait by the snow and cold.
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