Abnormal cold air lasting more than half a month in Europe has yet to end.
According to statistics from the authorities, by the end of last week, the number of homeless people killed by cold across the continent has reached more than 550 people. The authorities warn that this number will continue to increase as the freezing weather is forecast to last until the end of February.
In the Balkan region, heavy snowfall has seriously hampered traffic. The Danube, which flows through 10 European countries, which has a very important role in transporting goods, irrigation, energy supply and fishing in the continent, has been frozen for hundreds of kilometers. For the first time in 27 years, the passage through Bulgaria has frozen.
Meanwhile, heavy snowfall in Mongtenegro's capital has created snow ice up to 50cm, a record for 50 years, forcing rail and air transport service agencies to temporarily shut down. .
In Romania, eight more people were killed on February 11, bringing the total number of deaths due to the cold weather in the country to nearly 70. New Romanian Prime Minister Mihai Razvan Ungureanu and interior and defense ministers immediately took a helicopter tour to the Buzau area in the East, one of the most heavily affected areas of this cold spell. .
Prime Minister Ungureanu urged authorities to quickly deploy rescue operations to transport food and food to some remote areas that are in danger of depleting food.
In some other localities, rescue workers and volunteers helped people dig tunnels and moats to avoid chilling. There are about 30,000 Romanians and more than 110,000 people in countries in the Balkan region, still living in a blackout, without a fireplace.
A snowslide occurred in a village in southern Kosovo, killing at least 1 person and 9 injured. According to authorities, some people have been trapped in houses that are 10 meters thick. A helicopter from a NATO-led peacekeeping force was sent to the scene to help rescue workers rescue the victims. The weather forecast agency said the cold spell will last until next week.
Italy's capital Rome continues to suffer the second great snowfall of the week. However, due to the lessons learned from the previous phase, the traffic in the city still works because the government mobilizes 700 snow bulldozers, operating at full capacity on the main traffic axes. There are only a few areas in the south of the capital that still have heavy snow cover, making transportation difficult.
The weather forecast agency in Belgium also announced that an unusually cold wave of water also affected many transportation and travel activities in Brussels. According to the authorities, this is the longest cold spell in Belgium in the past 70 years when the temperature is continuously below 0 degrees C for nearly half a month.
In the French island of Corsica, the snowfall is as high as 1 meter, causing the island's airline to cancel all flights from Bastia airport.
In Hamburg, northern Germany, thousands of people tried to travel on frozen rivers and lakes - the phenomenon that first appeared in the last 15 years. It is expected that the number of people who come here to see and experience the feeling of "surfing on ice" will reach 1 million and can become a big festival.
Meanwhile, in Poland and the Czech Republic, despite the cold weather, people and tourists bring boats and ice skates to the heavy snow and ice areas to get a strong feeling test. . In an area, tourists also organize outdoor camping when the temperature drops to minus 39 degrees Celsius.