Death Toll due to Cold Spell Rose to 80
10 de enero de 2017, 17:54Geneva, Jan 10 (Prensa Latina) The cold spell affecting Europe in the recent days has killed 83 people in 11 countries and particularly jeopardizes the lives of thousands of illegal immigrants living in precarious conditions, said humanitarian organizations today.
Simon Missiri, spokesperson for the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent (IFRC), said that the situation is critical in refugee camps and hundreds of volunteers were sent to those sites to support the implementation of emergency programs.
Missiri, head of IFRC office in Europe, said that the homeless and the elderly people are also at greater risk and urged the population to stay inside their houses when possible and have food, water and flashlights.
'Drivers are advised to stay on the main roads and have an emergency kit and mobile phones on hand,' said Missiri.
Forecasts said that the mass of cold air from the Arctic that advanced from Scandinavia and Russia to the Mediterranean Sea should weaken from tomorrow, although the temperature will remain below zero.
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