11K Serbians Trapped by Snow

As death toll from Europe's week-long cold snap rises to 114
By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 2, 2012 7:50 AM CST
A man walks along a snow covered street in the southeastern town of Medvedja on February 1, 2012.   (Getty Images)
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(Newser) – Eastern Europe's week-long cold snap shows no sign of relenting, with increasingly tragic consequences: The death toll has risen to 114, and some 11,000 Serbians living in remote villages are trapped, reports the AP. Heavy snow and blizzards have made the roads impassable, stranding those living in some 6,500 homes tucked into in country's mountains—and more snow is expected. "The situation is dramatic, the snow is up to five meters (16.5 feet) high in some areas, you can only see rooftops," said one Serbian. Things are equally extreme elsewhere:

Temps hit a brutal low of minus 26.5 degrees in some parts of the region, and 16 Bulgarian towns experienced their coldest temps in the 100 years since record-keeping began. In a rare occurrence, Croatia's islands in the Adriatic actually saw snow, and parts of the Black Sea near the Romanian coastline froze. Ukraine and Poland both saw new deaths yesterday, many of them homeless people. In Ukraine alone, almost 1,000 people have been hospitalized with hypothermia and frostbite.

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