Wednesday, January 7, 2009
A cold wave claimed seven more lives in Poland and one casualty in Belgium as temperatures across Europe plunged below freezing overnight in what weather officials Wednesday dubbed the coldest night of winter.
Polish police said the latest victims who froze to death Tuesday included a 68-year-old homeless man found in an abandoned house in the southeast town of Jozefow, and a 51-year-old man who lived alone in central Eligiow and died a few steps away from his home.
Temperatures in Poland dropped as low as minus 25 degrees Celsius (minus 13 degrees Fahrenheit).
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According to Interior Ministry data, hypothermia has been blamed for 76 deaths in Poland since November 2008.
A Belgian man, in his 30s, also froze to death overnight Tuesday according to police as temperatures plunged to minus 20 degrees Celsius, the country’s coldest snap for 10 years.
This article was posted: Wednesday, January 7, 2009 at 12:50 pm