New Ice Age in Europe: Serbia
snow strands thousands
Heavy snow has left at least 11,000
villagers cut off in remote areas of Serbia amid a European cold snap that has
claimed more than 130 lives
Story from BBC News
At least six people have died in Serbia, with emergency services expressing
concern for the health of the sick and the elderly in particular.
Temperatures are below -30C (-22F) in parts of Europe and 63 people have
died in Ukraine and 29 in Poland. In Italy, weather experts say it is the coldest
week for 27 years.
Emergency services in Serbia have described the situation,
close to the country's south-western borders with Kosovo and Montenegro, as very
In places, the snow has reached a depth of 2m (6ft 6in). Fourteen
municipalities are affected, emergency official Predrag Maric told the BBC.
Helicopters have helped move several people to safety, and food and medicines
have been airlifted to isolated areas.
Snow began falling in Serbia on
7 January and has hardly stopped since, says BBC correspondent Nick Thorpe.
Serbian media say further snow is expected in the coming days.
has seen the highest number of fatalities, many of them homeless. Over a 24-hour
period, as many as 20 people died.
Food shortages have been reported in
the capital, Kiev, because lorries have been unable to transport supplies. (...)