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.
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.
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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