Europe Freeze Death Hits 60

As snow and freezing temperatures continue to disrupt transport in Europe, the death toll from the cold snap has claimed the lives of at least 60 people.

Over the past 24 hours, 17 people died of the freeze in central Europe while eleven others passed away in Russia. The number of dead in Poland stands at least 30 with most of the dead reported to have been homeless people.

Temperature dipped below 20 degrees Celsius across parts of Europe this week, further complicating road and air travel. In the UK, the London Heathrow and Glasgow airports warned of more cancellations and delays at the same time as travel by road remained slow.

Meanwhile, authorities in Germany ordered all drivers to equip their vehicles with winter tires or face a penalty of up to EUR 80. In Albania rescue forces have evacuated thousands of people due to severe floods which have damaged 4,000 homes in the city of Shkodra.

Bosnia, Montenegro and Serbia are also facing rising water levels caused by days of heavy rain falls.

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