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February 21, 2012
Melting ice wrecks boats on Danube
Belgrade, Serbia (AFP) Feb 20, 2012
Ice floes up to one metre (three feet) thick smashed into hundreds of boats on the River Danube near Belgrade as a thaw set in, sinking a floating restaurant, officials and witnesses said Monday. Barges also broke adrift under the pressure of the ice as it melted and broke up following a rise in temperature at the end of a two-week cold snap that killed hundreds of people across Europe. "Hundreds of small boats were damaged or sunk, while almost 90 percent of rafts were moved up to 20 metres (ya ... read more

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Equipped with specialized lasers and GPS technology, scientists are working to address a critical wintertime weather challenge: how to accurately measure the amount of snow on the ground. Transporta ... more
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Deaths from Romania's winter freeze up to 86: ministry
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. ... more
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Snow damages Colosseum, mediaeval churches in Italy: report
Heavy snow has caused extensive damage to the mediaeval walled town of Urbino and further deteriorated the Colosseum in Rome, already badly in need of repair, Italian newspapers reported Tuesday. ... more
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215 Russians die in cold snap; well over 600 in Europe
Some 215 Russians have died this year in a prolonged period of abnormally cold winter weather, the health ministry said Monday as the overall death toll for Europe rose to well over 600. ... more
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Serbian freeze stalls would-be immigrants' European dream
Hiding in the Serbian woods, a group of Asian illegal immigrants tried for weeks to pass the border with Hungary, until the current freezing weather forced them to break cover and accept help. ... more
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Snow blocks in tens of thousands as cold death toll rises
Snow drifts reaching up to rooftops kept tens of thousands of villagers prisoners in their own homes Saturday as the death toll from Europe's big freeze rose past 550. ... more
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Hungary orders Danube closed amid big freeze
Hungary closed the Danube to river traffic Friday due to thick ice, bringing shipping to a near standstill on Europe's busiest waterway, as the continent's cold snap death toll passed 540. ... more
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Hopes fade for unique Dutch ice race
The Netherlands was picking itself up by its bootlaces Thursday as hopes faded that a near-mythical ultra ice skating race on frozen canals will become a reality for the first time in 15 years. ... more
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Italy braces for new wave of freezing weather
Italy braced for another wave of freezing weather Thursday, even as soldiers worked to free villages trapped in three metres of snow and with the death toll from the cold snap already at 43. ... more
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Europe's Danube freezes over, cold snap toll at 460
Thick ice closed vast swathes of the Danube on Thursday, crippling shipping on Europe's busiest waterway, as the death toll from bitter cold across the continent rose to at least 460. ... more
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Aid sent by helicopter as thousands cut off in Europe
Helicopters ferried food and medicine to iced-in villagers Wednesday as Europe's 12-day-old cold snap tightened its frigid grip on the continent, where more than 400 have died as a result. ... more
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Dutch on edge for word on unique ice race
The entire Netherlands is on a knife's edge this week, holding its breath to see whether a near-mythical ultra ice skating race on frozen canals will become a reality for the first time in 15 years. ... more
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Europe sends in ice-breakers to battle big chill
Authorities employed explosives, icebreakers and tractors Tuesday in the battle to overcome Europe's big freeze, as dozens more died of hypothermia and tens of thousands remained cut off by snow. ... more
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Wolves scavenge as Italians take shelter from biting cold
Wolves scavenged in isolated snow-covered villages and southern Italians skied around town on Tuesday, as the Italian economy began to pay the price for the cold snap and the death toll rose to 30. ... more
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Misery as Italy cold snap death toll rises to 17
Snow and treacherous black ice caked the streets of the normally mild-weathered Italian capital Sunday, as snowed-in residents warned of food shortages and the cold snap's death toll rose to 17. ... more
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Europe cold snap claims hundreds of lives, disrupts travel
The death toll from the vicious cold snap across Europe has risen to more than 260, with the winter misery set to hit thousands of those seeking to escape it Sunday as air traffic was hit. ... more
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Europe cold snap claims 260 lives, sends ferry aground
Hundreds of people were plucked to safety Saturday after a ferry caught in a snow storm hit a breakwater off Italy, as a vicious cold snap that has claimed over 260 lives across Europe maintained its grip. ... more
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Death toll from Europe cold snap passes 300
The deadly cold snap that has gripped Europe for more than a week wrought more havoc across the continent Sunday, straining emergency services, grounding flights and pushing the death toll past 300. ... more
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Deadly cold front continues as dam bursts in Bulgaria
The toll from Europe's killer cold snap hit at least 360 on Monday with nine new victims found in Poland, most of them homeless, and five drowned when a Bulgarian dam burst after torrential rain. ... more
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164 dead as cold snap grips Europe
Europe's cold snap has claimed 164 lives, as countries from Ukraine to Italy struggle with temperatures that plunged to record lows in some places and with more cold weather forecast. ... more
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Deep freeze hits Poland's hardy lake swimmers
Hardy fans of swimming in the frozen lakes of northern Poland have decided to call off a mass outing this weekend due to vicious cold snap gripping the country, organisers said Friday. ... more
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Big freeze tightens grip in Europe as death toll tops 220
Temperatures plunged to new lows in Europe where a week-long cold snap has now claimed more than 220 lives and forecasters warned Friday that the big freeze would tighten its grip over the weekend. ... more
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Colosseum closes as snow blankets Rome
A rare mantle of snow blanketed the historic centre of Rome Friday, forcing the closure of schools and tourist sites such as the Colosseum as Pope Benedict XVI took a peek at the snowflakes. ... more
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Homeless go underground to survive deep freeze
Stanislaw clutches a soup pot as he sticks his head up above the rim of a manhole just long enough for police to fill it with steaming stew before he ducks back into the heating duct he calls home on the outskirts of Warsaw. ... more
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