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Romania's winter deaths up to 86

15 February 2012, 16:52

Romania - Another seven deaths from Romania's wave of bitterly cold weather has brought the toll up to 86, the health ministry said Wednesday, as the country struggled with up to five metres of snow.

The seven deaths came amid a growing row over the authorities' failure to protect vulnerable people trapped in their homes by the heavy snowfalls, which in some cases have completely buried houses.

Towns cut off

The latest interior ministry report said 225 towns and villages were still cut off by the snow, with 156 main roads impassable.

Seventy teams of workers from the Electrica power company have been working to restore electricity to some 4,200 over four regions.

Interior ministry helicopters have had to carry out 26 airlifts to get people to hospital.

Officials now fear that the thaw of the massive amounts of snow will create a fresh crisis from the consequent flooding.


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