Snowmageddon Kills 8 In The Balkans

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Robert Donachie Capitol Hill and Health Care Reporter
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Eight people have died and tens of thousands are stranded, as subzero temperatures and unrelenting snowfall continues to bombard the Balkans.

Parts of central and southeastern Europe are experiencing average temperatures of -4 degrees Farenheit, with temperatures dropping as low as -22 Farenheit.

Some 25 people died over the weekend alone due to the extreme conditions, Reuters reports. A state emergency was called in 11 municipalities of Serbia, as thousands were left stranded due to massive snowfall in outlying regions of central and southern Serbia. Even Greece is experiencing freezing temperatures not seen since the 1960s.

Multiple people in Bosnia froze to death in remote regions of the nation. In Poland, 10 people died of hypothermia just on Sunday. As the death tolls in remote regions continue to rise, those in urban regions are not faring much better. Some 50,000 in the Bosnian town of Zunica lost their heating due to a malfunction in a boiler at the ArcelorMittal steel mill, which provides thermal power to households, Reuters reports.

Ten individuals attending a religious service were killed when a snow-covered canopy collapsed at a mosque in Instanbul.

Bulgarian, Hungarian, and Serbian governments all halted shipping on the nearby Danube river after it froze over in many sections. The storm is showing no signs of slowing down anytime soon.

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