Saturday, January 14, 2017

Europe winter causes hardship

Much of Europe continues to be hit by icy weather with strong winds and powerful storms causing traffic chaos, power cuts and travel delays. Electricity supplies to nearly 350,000 homes in France were temporarily cut, while severe flood warnings are in place on England's east coast.

As Germany prepares for more heavy snow, forecasters say the worst of the weather is heading eastwards. Freezing conditions continue in the Balkans and Turkey.

The World Meteorological Organization said the cold weather was responsible for countless road accidents and school closures in addition to cancelled flights. It also warned about the impact of the cold weather on the homeless and migrants. 

The cold snap across Europe has claimed more than 65 lives. The UN refugee agency, UNHCR, earlier said several migrants had died from cold and exhaustion in Bulgaria.

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