KIEV, December 21 (Itar-Tass) —— Hypothermia has caused deaths of 83 people in Ukraine since the beginning of winter cold this year, Ukrainian Health Minister’s advisor Vladimir Yurchenko said at a meeting of emergency agencies’ staffs on Friday.
Eleven people died in hospitals, 57 in the streets, and 15 at their homes, he said.
Eleven people died in the Cherkasy region, ten in the Sumy region and nine in the Kiev region.
Meanwhile, the Ukrainian Emergencies Ministry has organized 1,500 warm-up shelters where 2,200 people got help since Thursday afternoon.
Ukrainians have been suffering anomalous weather for over a week with air temperatures dropping to -28 degrees Celsius in some eastern regions. Meteorologists forecast harsh frosts over the weekend with a small subsequent temperature rise.