Emergency Aid In Russia To Combat Effects Of Extended Cold

Emergency Aid In Russia To Combat Effects Of Extended Cold

April 3, 2012

The Voice of Russia

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev ordered the government to start preparing emergency aid for Tajikistan to help tackle the aftermath of an unusually cold and long winter, his web site said on Friday.

Earlier in the day, Tajik President Emomali Rakhmon requested aid at a meeting with Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin. Putin “pledged that emergency humanitarian assistance will be rendered as soon as possible,” his website said.

Many roads and bridges were also damaged or destroyed as a result of a long spell of cold weather.

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European cold snap freezes hotel prices

European cold snap freezes hotel prices

24 February, 2012

The cold wave that has frozen Europe since the end of January also seems to have chilled travelers’ enthusiasm. Many hotels have slashed their prices to a record minimum to attract tourists.

­A whole host of popular destinations in Europe including Prague, Budapest, Oslo and Copenhagen are seeing a price drop in February compared to January, according to the Hotel Price Index prepared by Trivago tourist web-portal.

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Freeze Kills Rare Pelicans in Dagestan

Freeze Kills Rare Pelicans in Dagestan

February 20, 2012

Rare Dalmatian pelicans, a threatened species, are dying of cold and hunger amid freezing weather in Russia’s usually warm Dagestan, where the birds are currently wintering.

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Cold weather kills 11 in northern Tunisia

Cold weather kills 11 in northern Tunisia

27 February 2012

TUNIS, Feb. 11 (Xinhua) — The cold weather spell which hit many parts of Tunisia has killed at least 11 people in the northern town of Ain Draham, near Algeria’s border, Radio Mosaique FM reported Saturday.

The last cold weather spell to have hit northern and northwestern Tunisia dated back to the 1960s.

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Record-low temperatures cause sauerkraut disaster in Germany

Record-low temperatures cause sauerkraut disaster in Germany

February 22, 2012

The cold is doing more than snapping temperature records—it’s also playing havoc with daily life. Last week, drivers on the autobahn near Frankfurt were stuck in a 10-km long traffic jam when a truck carrying sauerkraut spilled its load after being involved in a multi-vehicle accident. The pickled cabbage froze instantly and formed such a bond with the highway surface that it took four hours for emergency workers to scrape away the mess.

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44 Die from Causes Linked to Mexico’s Cold Winter

44 Die from Causes Linked to Mexico’s Cold Winter

February 19, 2012

MEXICO – The current winter season has left 44 people dead in Mexico from causes linked to the low temperatures such as hypothermia, carbon monoxide poisoning and burns, the Health Secretariat said Saturday.

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Harsh Winter Kills 40 Children in Afghanistan

Harsh Winter Kills 40 Children in Afghanistan

February 19, 2012

A harsh winter has killed almost 40 children in Afghanistan in the past month, most of them in refugee camps in Kabul with aid groups warning Sunday of more deaths as temperatures keep falling.

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How to survive the Global Freeze

Arctic air mass freezes Mississippi with temps as low as 13 degrees

Arctic air mass freezes Mississippi with temps as low as 13 degrees

February 12, 2012

It was a frigid overnight and morning across Mississippi as the coldest air mass of the season settled over the region.

Statewide, temperatures dived below freezing with temperatures as low as 13 degrees in Holly Springs. Cities of Oxford and Independence also recorded temperatures just as cold at 15 degrees.

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High Hopes for First Dutch Skating Marathon in 15 Years

High Hopes for First Dutch Skating Marathon in 15 Years

February 12, 2012

The historic Elfstedentocht marathon may finally take place again in the Netherlands this year, according to Reuters. The marathon has not taken place since 1997, but temperatures may finally be cold enough for skaters to take to the ice once more.

The marathon takes ice skaters through 11 Dutch cities and 200 kilometers (or 124 miles) of frozen canals. The skate has only happened 15 times since the 1909 inaugural race.

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