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Europe's unrelenting deep freeze: By the numbers
Hundreds have died as a wave of cold air from Siberia pushes temperatures in many towns to their lowest point in a century
A view of the frozen River Dnieper in Kiev: A week-long cold streak has killed approximately 100 people in the Ukraine, and sent more than 1,000 to hospitals.
A view of the frozen River Dnieper in Kiev: A week-long cold streak has killed approximately 100 people in the Ukraine, and sent more than 1,000 to hospitals.
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hile many parts of North America enjoy an unusually balmy winter, a deadly weeklong blast of frigid Siberian air has swept across Eastern Europe, trapping thousands of people in their homes. Emergency crews are struggling to clear snow and deliver badly needed supplies, as the death toll rises and weather forecasters warn that temperatures could plunge further in some areas early next week. Here, a look at the bitter freeze, by the numbers:

250
Death toll as of Friday morning, up from 114 the night before

1,248
Patients admitted to hospitals for hypothermia and frostbite in the Ukraine, where the cold had killed 101 people by Friday

2,000
Heated tents set up to provide hot food for homeless Ukrainians

Negative 58
The temperature, in degrees below zero Fahrenheit, recorded in parts of Kazakhstan, which was hit with the lowest temperatures on record

11,000
Serbians believed to be trapped in their homes in remote villages

16.5
Feet of snow blocking roads in Serbia, barring relief workers from reaching snowed-in villagers

16
Towns experiencing their coldest temperatures in 100 years

75
Years since Azerbaijan has experienced weather this cold

27
Years since Italy experienced a week as cold as this one. Rome got a rare snowfall, and eight inches fell in spots on the Mediterranean island of Corsica.

112
Maximum wind speeds (in miles per hour) recorded in Slovenia

30
Percent drop in natural gas deliveries from Russia to many European countries (which get nearly half their natural gas from Russia), due to a rise in domestic demand as Russians try to keep warm

Sources: Associated Press, Bloomberg, Reuters, Wash. Post

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