Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Europe In The Grip Of A Cold Snap

 Satellite image of January 26th 2012 SouthEast Europe
snowstorm that brought over 100 cm of snow to some places.

Some countries in Europe are experiencing a bitterly cold winter.

Ukraine, in eastern Europe, has been especially hard hit. More than 100 people have died there in the last week, as temperatures dropped as low as -30C. Many of the people who froze to death were homeless people living in the city’s capital, Kiev.
In Bosnia-Herzegovina, there have been avalanches and strong winds. The country declared a state of emergency.
One woman in Croatia had to have neighbours help her give birth to her baby after the ambulance could not reach her because of a blizzard. She later named her baby Snjezana, which is Snow White in Croatian.
In the UK, about half of the 1,300 flights out of Heathrow Airport have been cancelled due to bad weather. Heathrow is the busiest airport in Europe.
Cars were stopped by heavy snow in London last weekend, bringing major highways to a standstill.
Last Friday, Rome, Italy had the most snow it has had since 1985. Schools were closed and train service was stopped. Tourist sites including the Colosseum and the Roman Forum were also closed.
About 33,000 homes in Rome had no electricity.
The Siberian cold front that is causing much of the severe weather, is expected to ease up later this week.


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