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At least three die as winter torments Bulgaria
Published in Saudi Press Agency on 04 - 01 - 2008


At least three people were confirmed dead and one
was missing in the frosty aftermath of a massive blizzard in
Bulgaria, reports said Friday, according to dpa.
More than a dozen Bulgarian municipalities retained a state of
emergency following a 30-hour blizzard which blanketed the Balkan
country with snow between Tuesday and Thursday.
Though the skies cleared Friday, strong wind and temperatures as
low as minus 15 degrees celsius continued hampering efforts to
restore traffic, electricity and supplies in nearly 100 villages.
Two elderly men froze to death and one woman went missing while
trading on foot between villages near Novi Pazar in eastern Bulgaria.
In a weather-related death, a 33-year-old kidney patient succumbed
to complications in Russe, in northern Bulgaria, because he could not
be transported to the hospital for a haemodialysis
Earlier, some 70 passengers from two trains stuck in snowdrifts
near Silistra in the north-east had to be evacuated, as well as some
30 tourists, 12 of them children, from a chalet in Stara Planina, in
central Bulgaria.
People, including tourists from the neighbouring Romania, also had
to be saved from cars stuck on the roads in the north of the country.
An estimated 150 villages was still without power and 50 were
still without water Friday at noon. Flights to and from the capital
Sofia were still being delayed or cancelled owing to poor weather.


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