Big freeze in the east

The Star Early Edition - - WORLD -

BEL­GRADE: Bl­iz­zards and dan­ger­ously low tem­per­a­tures have left vil­lages cut off and caused power out­ages as ex­tremely cold weather con­tin­ued for a fourth day in most of eastern Europe.

Dozens of vil­lages in the re­mote Pes­tar re­gion of Ser­bia were sealed off yes­ter­day by heavy snow, prompt­ing the evac­u­a­tion of some 100 peo­ple by emer­gency crews. Numer­ous vil­lages in north­ern Bul­garia were left with­out elec­tric­ity and wa­ter. Power out­ages were also re­ported in parts of Bos­nia and Ser­bia.

Po­lar tem­per­a­tures of be­tween -15°C and -26°C caused rivers to freeze, while ice and snow led to flight can­cel­la­tions through­out the re­gion. – AP

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