Several die in Poland as icy weather continues to sweep across Europe

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Freezing conditions cause multiple deaths and travel disruption, with temperatures plunging below -26C in some regions. Ten people have died in Poland as bitterly cold weather sweeps across Europe, bringing the country’s death toll from hypothermia to 65 since November.

Temperatures in Poland have plunged to below -26C (-4F) in some regions and police have asked people to help those at risk of hypothermia, especially the homeless.

The cold wave across Europe has left at least 33 dead since the weekend, many of them migrants or homeless people.

In Italy, eight deaths were blamed on the extreme cold, including a man living in the basement of an unused building in Milan and another on a street flanking the Arno river in Florence. Heavy snow and high winds also resulted in rerouted flights, delayed ferries, cancelled trains and closed roads.

In Bulgaria, police on Sunday said three people, including a man from Iraq and a Somali woman, had died from cold in the mountains near Turkey as they tried to make their way to Europe.

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