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Severe frosts claim 30 lives in Ukraine over three days

January 31, 2012, 20:02 UTC+3
627 people applied to the hospitals with complains of hypothermia and frostbites, 544 of them were hospitalised
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KIEV, January 31 (Itar-Tass) —— Severe frosts of the past three days in Ukraine claimed 30 lives, the republican Emergencies Ministry’s press service said on Tuesday. Twenty-one of them were found freeze to death outdoor, and four victims were at their homes.

In the period from January 27 to January 31, 627 people applied to the hospitals with complains of hypothermia and frostbites, 544 of them were hospitalised, the press service said.

Up to date, 1,590 warming stations have been established and operate in all regions of Ukraine, the press service said, adding that 150 more stations of the kind will be set up shortly.

The stations can provide warm meal and heat. Over past 24 hours, they provided aid to 6,388 people. The number has reached 24,000 people since January 27. The biggest number of those who came to the warming stations was registered in the Donetsk, Kharkov, Chernigov, Odessa and Kirovograd regions.

According to this week’s weather forecasts, Ukraine’s average air temperature will be below 23 degrees in night and below 15 degrees in day. In Kiev, this night’s air temperature will drop below 32 degrees.

 

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