Poland Deep Freeze Kills 30

Meanwhile, worst floods in a century hit Balkans
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Dec 3, 2010 8:49 AM CST
Poland Deep Freeze Kills 30
A woman walk up stairs in a park in Warsaw, Poland, Monday, Nov. 29, 2010, as first big snowfalls hit Poland this winter.   (ALIK KEPLICZ)

The death toll from a deep freeze in Poland has increased to 30 with a dozen more deaths occurring overnight, while some of the worst floods in a century devastated parts of the Balkans. Many of those who died in Poland are drunks or homeless people, and police canvassed the streets in the hopes of preventing more from freezing to death. Temperatures across most of Poland were around five degrees Fahrenheit.

Authorities, meanwhile, declared a state of emergency in three Balkan countries—Bosnia, Serbia, and Montenegro—and evacuated hundreds of people after heavy rainfall caused severe flooding along the Drina River—the worst in 104 years. But floodwaters receded significantly overnight in Bosnia, leaving a trail of mud and debris in many areas. Thousands of people and livestock were also evacuated from northwestern Albania after severe floods. (Read more Poland stories.)

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