24 January, 2006

Eastern European Deaths From Extreme Cold

A glacial chill claimed more lives in across Eastern Europe, forcing schools to shut and disrupting public transport as cold cracked rail lines.

In Poland, a total of 39 people have died since a cold spell hit the country last Thursday, bringing to 161 the number who have died this winter, many of them homeless, police said.

In the Baltic state of Estonia, three more deaths from cold were reported Tuesday morning.

In Latvia, a country of just 2.3 million inhabitants, six more people died between Monday night and Tuesday morning, police reported. In total, at least 40 people have died of cold in the last week.

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