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Europe cold spell continues

02-10-2012 15:04 BJT

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In Europe, bitterly cold weather sweeping across the continent has claimed more victims. The death toll has now risen to more than 260. Bad weather has also seriously disrupted transport. In other parts of the world, the impact of the extreme weather is still far from over.

The cold front that has taken much of the eastern world by storm shows no signs of letting up.

From Italy to as far east as Japan, residents are struggling to survive the wave of severe winter weather.

A car drives past trees covered with snow near the Corsican village of Venaco.

Across Europe, the death toll has climbed to more than four hundred people.

In Ukraine, one of the countries hit hardest by the cold snap, 135 people have died and over two-thousand people have been hospitalized.

A majority of those deaths are homeless people who have been unable to find shelter from the cold.

But to help them--the emergency ministry has now set up three-thousand emergency relief tents.

In Poland, more than 50 people have died from hypothermia, and temperatures have dropped below 30 degrees fare height.

Like the Ukraine, the homeless population makes up a majority of the deaths, and government officials have set up shelters for those seeking refuge.

In other parts of the world, snow is affecting trade.

Authorities expect the Danube river to freeze over by the end of this week.

The Danube river, which spans more than 17-hundred miles and runs through nine different countries, is vital to Europe’s transport, power, and irrigation industries.

And also in china, the fishing industry is taking a hit as a result of heavy icing near the northern china seas.

In Japan, record snowfall has closed public transport and many schools across the country and has even left a few dead from avalanches.

The weather agency says Japan has already gotten 13 feet of snow with more to come.


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Editor:Zhang Rui |Source: CNTV.CN

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