Europe: Freeze killing homeless in Poland, France, Romania &

Tom Boland (wgcp@earthlink.net)
Sun, 22 Nov 1998 22:45:57 -0400


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23 POLES FREEZE TO DEATH IN PREMATURE COLD SPELL

WARSAW, Nov 22 (Reuters) - At least 23 people froze to
death in Poland last week during an unusually early cold
spell in which temperatures plunged to minus 26 degrees
Celsius, police said on Sunday.

Most of the victims were men aged 40 to 60 who had been
drinking and fell asleep in the cold, a police spokesman told
Reuters.

Perhaps as many as 200 lives were saved by special police
patrols which picked inebriated individuals off the streets
and drove them to sobering chambers.

Police were also searching abandoned buildings, sheds,
rarely used cellars and other places where the homeless tend
to seek refuge and taking them to shelters, he added.

``As long as the cold spell holds, new deaths can be
expected after the end of each night,'' a police duty officer
said.

``The latest was a man in (the Baltic port of) Szczecin who
had been drinking with two mates in an unheated garden
bower and then fell asleep. They survived, he didn't.''

Warsaw's 31 shelters have a total of 3,000 beds, but at least
twice as many would be needed to accommodate all the
homeless, PAP news agency reported.

The coldest ground temperature recorded Saturday night was
minus 26 degrees Celsius in the town of Ostroleka, 90 km
(55 miles) north of Warsaw.


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=46WD  Reuters - Nov 22, 1998 Eastern

         THREE DEAD IN UNSEASONAL FREEZING WEATHER IN FRANCE

PARIS, Nov 22 (Reuters) - A homeless woman was found
dead from exposure in the southwest France city of
Toulouse on Sunday as unseasonal freezing weather affected
most parts of France, police said.

Her death followed that of a homeless man found dead in the
same conditions in Paris on Friday.

Another homeless man was found dead out of doors on
Saturday but the cause of his death could not be immediately
ascertained, police said.


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=46WD  Agence France Presse  Fri., Nov. 20, 1998

COLD SPELL IN ROMANIA CLAIMS MORE LIVES

BUCHAREST, Nov. 20, 1998 -- (Agence France Presse) Nine people have died in
the past few days in a cold snap including heavy snowfalls in northern
Romania, medical sources said Thursday.

Seven were homeless people living in the province of Iasi, while one person
died in the town of Suceava after falling asleep while drunk, and a
70-year-old farm worker died of cold in a field.

Heavy snowfalls were reported in the Iasi, Suceava, Vaslui and Botosani
provinces. In Botosani alone some 100 people were treated for injuries
sustained on ice-covered streets.


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=46WD  Reuters - Nov 17, 1998

EARLY WINTER BRINGS DEATH TO MOSCOW STREETS

MOSCOW, Nov 17 (Reuters) - Two more people died of
exposure on Moscow's streets overnight, bringing the total
for the past week to 15, as the coldest November in 30 years
tightened its grip on the capital, the city health committee said
on Tuesday.

A spokesman said another 199 people had been taken to
Moscow hospitals in the last week suffering from
hypothermia and frostbite.

Temperatures plunged to minus 15 Celsius (5 Fahrenheit) in
the city overnight. Authorities said a major snowfall, the
second of the winter, was expected later in the day.

The early onset of winter has added to the misery of Russians
already reeling from the worst economic crisis since
communism collapsed in 1991. Many northern regions are
struggling with shortages of food and fuel.

Homelessness has become a more visible problem since the
end of communist rule, but true comparisons are difficult
because the former Soviet authorities did not release figures
on cold weather casualties.


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PREMATURE COLD SPELL

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WARSAW, Nov 22 (Reuters) - At least 23 people froze to

death in Poland last week during an unusually early cold

spell in which temperatures plunged to minus 26 degrees

Celsius, police said on Sunday.=20


Most of the victims were men aged 40 to 60 who had been

drinking and fell asleep in the cold, a police spokesman told

Reuters.=20


Perhaps as many as 200 lives were saved by special police

patrols which picked inebriated individuals off the streets

and drove them to sobering chambers.=20


Police were also searching abandoned buildings, sheds,

rarely used cellars and other places where the homeless tend

to seek refuge and taking them to shelters, he added.=20


``As long as the cold spell holds, new deaths can be

expected after the end of each night,'' a police duty officer

said.=20


``The latest was a man in (the Baltic port of) Szczecin who

had been drinking with two mates in an unheated garden

bower and then fell asleep. They survived, he didn't.''=20


Warsaw's 31 shelters have a total of 3,000 beds, but at least

twice as many would be needed to accommodate all the

homeless, PAP news agency reported.=20


The coldest ground temperature recorded Saturday night was

minus 26 degrees Celsius in the town of Ostroleka, 90 km

(55 miles) north of Warsaw.



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=46WD  Reuters - Nov 22, 1998 Eastern


         THREE DEAD IN UNSEASONAL FREEZING WEATHER IN FRANCE


PARIS, Nov 22 (Reuters) - A homeless woman was found

dead from exposure in the southwest France city of

Toulouse on Sunday as unseasonal freezing weather affected

most parts of France, police said.=20


Her death followed that of a homeless man found dead in the

same conditions in Paris on Friday.=20


Another homeless man was found dead out of doors on

Saturday but the cause of his death could not be immediately

ascertained, police said.



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=46WD  Agence France Presse  Fri., Nov. 20, 1998=20


<paraindent><param>right,left</param>COLD SPELL IN ROMANIA CLAIMS MORE
LIVES

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BUCHAREST, Nov. 20, 1998 -- (Agence France Presse) Nine people have
died in the past few days in a cold snap including heavy snowfalls in
northern Romania, medical sources said Thursday.=20


Seven were homeless people living in the province of Iasi, while one
person died in the town of Suceava after falling asleep while drunk,
and a 70-year-old farm worker died of cold in a field.=20


Heavy snowfalls were reported in the Iasi, Suceava, Vaslui and Botosani
provinces. In Botosani alone some 100 people were treated for injuries
sustained on ice-covered streets.



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<paraindent><param>right,left</param>EARLY WINTER BRINGS DEATH TO
MOSCOW STREETS

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MOSCOW, Nov 17 (Reuters) - Two more people died of

exposure on Moscow's streets overnight, bringing the total

for the past week to 15, as the coldest November in 30 years

tightened its grip on the capital, the city health committee said

on Tuesday.=20


A spokesman said another 199 people had been taken to

Moscow hospitals in the last week suffering from

hypothermia and frostbite.=20


Temperatures plunged to minus 15 Celsius (5 Fahrenheit) in

the city overnight. Authorities said a major snowfall, the

second of the winter, was expected later in the day.=20


The early onset of winter has added to the misery of Russians

already reeling from the worst economic crisis since

communism collapsed in 1991. Many northern regions are

struggling with shortages of food and fuel.=20


Homelessness has become a more visible problem since the

end of communist rule, but true comparisons are difficult

because the former Soviet authorities did not release figures

on cold weather casualties.



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