27 Jan 2010

Fatal cold weather in Europe

9:04 am on 27 January 2010

Dozens of people have died in a severe cold snap across Central and Eastern Europe has killed.

The BBC reports parts of western Turkey, Bulgaria and Romania have been hit by heavy snowfall and freezing conditions, stranding villages and causing transport chaos.

Some 22 people have died in Romania, where snowdrifts blocked roads and temperatures fell as low as -34C.

Eleven people died over the weekend in Poland, taking the winter death toll there past 200.

More than 200 flights at Frankfurt airport were cancelled on Monday.

Forecasters predict more freezing conditions in coming days.