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Georgia hit by severe frosts

February 03, 2012, 9:57 UTC+3

Unusually severe frosts were reported in Georgia's cities

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TBILISI, February 3 (Itar-Tass) —— Unusually severe frosts were reported in Georgia's cities and other areas overnight.

The temperature dropped to 10-13 degrees Celcius below zero in Tbilisi' suburbs and 15-20 in highland areas. There were no such severe frosts in Georgia since 1998.

Because of the ice conditions and heavy snow, the rates of transport accidents and pedestrian injuries significantly increased in Tbilisi and other major cities in the past few days. Their road and medical services have more intensive work these days.

Meteorologists and authorities asked residents of Tbilisi and other cities to be careful when walking and driving and to refrain from traveling without special need.

It will become a little warmer in most of the country's regions later this Friday.

Due to the heavy snowfalls and frosts, some regions had traffic problems and dozens of western and eastern residential areas were affected by power supply disruption.

The Georgian government set up special headquarters to deal with the problem. All appropriate services are mobilized to eliminate the consequences of the severe weather.

Classes are cancelled in 157 out of Georgia's 2,100 schools because of the snowfalls and electric power supply halts. According to the Education Ministry, the teaching process will resume in schools on February 6. Classes were not halted in Tbilisi and other major cities.


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