315 killed in Russia due to frost so far

February 14th, 2012 - 4:28 am ICT by IANS  

Moscow, Feb 14 (IANS) Strong frost has claimed 215 lives while injuring over 5,500 others in Russia so far in 2012, said the Russian Ministry of Health and Social Development Monday.

A total of 3,382 people, including 52 children, were admitted to hospitals for cold-related injuries, Xinhua reported.

Abnormal cold has struck 60 Russian regions in recent weeks.

Heaviest damage has been reported in the southernmost part of the country, where people were used to warm winters but now suffered the lowest temperatures on record of minus 20 degrees Celsius.

In the Moscow region, Monday morning was the coldest in a decade with the temperature dropping to minus 35 degrees.

The freezing temperature, meanwhile, has also killed people in some other European countries, including Italy, Poland and Ukraine.

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