Ten freeze to death as polar blast grips Europe

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The 10 deaths from hypothermia on Sunday happened outdoors or in unheated cottages or abandoned houses, said a government spokeswoman.

It means the cold weather has claimed at least 33 lives in Europe since the weekend.

In Italy, eight people died from the polar blast.

The beach at Artemida, Greece covered in snow


Video:Golden Greek beaches turned white with snow

One of those was a man in the basement of an unused building in Milan, while another was found on the street in Florence.

Lumps of ice have also formed in the Adriatic Sea, trapping fishing boats in harbours in Croatia, while there was an Arctic-looking scene in Budapest as large chunks flowed down the Danube.

Special forces patrol the main shopping street of Istiklal Avenue in Istanbul
Image Caption:Police special forces patrol the shopping area of Istiklal Avenue in Istanbul
Heavy snow still covered Istanbul's Ataturk Airport on Monday
Image Caption:Heavy snow still covered Istanbul’s Ataturk Airport on Monday

Beaches in Greece were also covered by snow, including two meters on the island of Evia and heavy falls on Chios and Lesbos – home to thousands of refugees, some of whom are living in tents.

The Met Office said the Shetland Islands were warmer than Crete – despite being thousands of miles further north.

There were also deaths in eastern France on Sunday when a bus skidded on ice, killing four Portuguese people.

Not often Shetland is warmer than Crete!! Here is a selection of Europe’s top temperatures today, the UK being one of the warmest countries pic.twitter.com/ZEAgPECfPi

— Met Office (@metoffice) January 8, 2017

In Bulgaria, police said two men from Iraq and Somalia had frozen to death in the mountains as they tried to make their way further into Europe.

Several hundred migrants, mostly from Pakistan and Afghanistan, also endured the cold in an abandoned warehouse in Serbian capital Belgrade, where night temperatures are around -14C.

Aid organisations gave out heaters, blankets and food.

Sky News Europe Correspondent Mark Stone said the situation was serious.

“MSF (Medecins Sans Frontieres) are trying to heat this warehouse but even when they try the temperatures are still below zero.”

The conditions in Lesbos in Greece, where many migrants are still being processed, are also “miserable”.

Amatrice, which was hit by earthquakes last year, covered in snow


Video:Snow blankets the town of Amatrice, Italy

“The main problem is there are simply not enough officials to register everyone who wants to claim asylum,” Stone said.

The freezing weather also killed six people in the Czech Republic, according to national radio, while in Serbia people in villages on Golija mountain refused to leave and abandon their animals – despite -28C temperatures.

One person also died when a car skidded on ice and hit a tree in Hanover, Germany, the DPA news agency reported.

The city’s public transport system was shut down and – despite people being advised to stay inside – many people across the country dusted off their sledges and skis and headed outside.

Ice Floes on the Danube. Pic: Credit: Instagram/damirio_kabario (Damir Kabaklic via Storyful)


Video:Ice floes move down the Danube in Budapest

Many villages in northern Bulgaria have been left without water or power, as popular Black Sea resorts such as Sunny Beach shivered in -8C (17.6F) temperatures.

Hundreds of planes were also grounded in Turkey’s largest city, Istanbul, as 65cm (25.6 inches) of snow blanketed the city.

With many rough sleepers and migrants in danger, the Pope in his Sunday Mass asked for God to “warm our hearts so we’ll help”.

  1. A child plays in a pile of snow shovelled together in front of the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin A child plays in a pile of snow shovelled together in front of the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin
    A child plays in a pile of snow shovelled in front of the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin
  2. A car stuck in the snow following heavy snowfall in the Troodos Massive in the Mediterranean Island of CyprusA car stuck in the snow following heavy snowfall in the Troodos Massive in the Mediterranean Island of Cyprus
    A car is stuck following heavy snowfall in the Troodos mountains in Cyprus
  3. Road signs covered in snow following heavy snowfall in the Troodos Massive in the Mediterranean Island of Cyprus Road signs covered in snow following heavy snowfall in the Troodos Massive in the Mediterranean Island of Cyprus
    Road signs are covered in the Troodos mountains
  4. Ice floats on the Danube in BudapestIce floats on the Danube in Budapest
    Ice floats on the Danube in Budapest, Hungary
  5. A man walks in the snow at around minus 26 degrees Celsius (minus 14.8 degrees Fahrenheit) in the village of JezercA man walks in the snow at around minus 26 degrees Celsius (minus 14.8 degrees Fahrenheit) in the village of Jezerc
    A man walks in the snow in temperatures as low as -26C (-14.8F) in the village of Jezerc, Kosovo
  6. A man shovels snow off from a roof at around minus 26 degrees Celsius (minus 14.8 degrees Fahrenheit) in the village of JezercA man shovels snow off from a roof at around minus 26 degrees Celsius (minus 14.8 degrees Fahrenheit) in the village of Jezerc
    A man shovels snow off a roof in Jezerc
  7. Snow coats a statue in front of the Brandenburg Gate in BerlinSnow coats a statue in front of the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin
    Snow coats a statue in front of the Brandenburg Gate
  8. A man takes pictures of a stray dog, with the Byzantine-era monument of St. Sophia in the backgroundA man takes pictures of a stray dog, with the Byzantine-era monument of St. Sophia in the background
    A man takes pictures of a shivering stray dog in Sultanahmet square in Istanbul, Turkey
  9. People stroll at the snow-covered Sultanahmet square in IstanbulPeople stroll at the snow-covered Sultanahmet square in Istanbul
    Another snowy scene at Sultanahmet square
  10. A Turkish Airlines plane is covered by frost and snow during snowfall at Ataturk international airport in IstanbulA Turkish Airlines plane is covered by frost and snow during snowfall at Ataturk international airport in Istanbul
    A Turkish Airlines plane is covered in frost and snow at Ataturk international airport in Istanbul
  11. A frozen pond in a park in Strasbourg, eastern FranceA frozen pond in a park in Strasbourg, eastern France
    A frozen pond in a park in Strasbourg, eastern France
  12. People walk in the snowfall in a park in Strasbourg, eastern FrancePeople walk in the snowfall in a park in Strasbourg, eastern France
    People walk in the snow in Strasbourg
  13. Beach umbrellas are covered with snow at the beach in the town of Artemida in GreeceBeach umbrellas are covered with snow at the beach in the town of Artemida in Greece
    Beach umbrellas are covered with snow at the beach in the town of Artemida in Greece
  14. People walk in a street of Santeramo in Colle after snowfalls near Bari in the Puglia region in the south of ItalyPeople walk in a street of Santeramo in Colle after snowfalls near Bari in the Puglia region in the south of Italy
    People walk in Santeramo in Colle after snowfall near Bari in the Puglia region in the south of Italy
  15. Santeramo in Colle after snowfalls near Bari in the Puglia region in the south of ItalySanteramo in Colle after snowfalls near Bari in the Puglia region in the south of Italy
    Another wintry scene in Santeramo in Colle
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The Vatican’s shelters are open 24 hours a day and it has been giving out thermal sleeping bags and gloves. 

Some of its vehicles have also been left unlocked so homeless people can take turns getting warm.

Despite snow in many cities and towns, some Alpine ski resorts are struggling with patchy coverage on the slopes and lower visitor numbers.

France’s Haute-Savoie region is worried that water used to produce artificial snow is running out.

While the UK has not been affected by the cold snap so far, there is a warning that most of Britain could see snow by the end of the week, as the Arctic air moves south.

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