Over 40 people die as Europe shivers in new cold snap
Rahvusvahelised uudised 25 Jan 2010  EWR
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Deutsche Welle
Many deaths have been reported as extreme winter conditions return to Europe. Meteorologists forecast that the latest cold snap is here to stay.

Central and eastern Europe is bearing the brunt of a new cold snap as temperatures plummet across the region. Snow has covered much of western Turkey, Bulgaria and Romania, while Poland is again gripped by a deep freeze that has killed more than 200 people since November.

The thermometer showed a record minus 34.4 degrees Celsius (-30 degrees Fahrenheit) in the north-eastern Polish town of Bialystok in the night of Sunday to Monday. Twelve people died in Poland on Sunday alone.

Authorities in Latvia have urged people not to drive unless absolutely necessary as the temperature there fell to minus 27.

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