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Dozens die as temperatures suddenly drop in eastern Europe

More than 30 people have been reported dead in Ukraine, Poland, Serbia and Bulgaria as a result of suddenly plunging temperatures in eastern Europe.

People walk under snow covered trees on a street in Kiev, Ukraine
People walk under snow covered trees on a street in Kiev, Ukraine
Image: Sergei Chuzavkov/AP/Press Association Images

MORE THAN 30 people are believed to have died due to suddenly plunging temperatures in eastern Europe.

At least 18 people in Ukraine, 10 in Poland, three in Serbia and one in Bulgaria have been reported dead following heavy snow fall across the region. Temperatures have dropped to as low as -23C in some areas, the Sofia Echo reports.

Ukrainian officials say that almost 500 people have sought treatment for frostbite and hypothermia in the past three days, the BBC reports. Authorities have erected 1,500 shelters to provide food and shelter for homeless people.

Roads across the region have become impassable, power supplies have been shut off and schools have been closed as the severe weather forced authorities to adopt emergency measures.

Almost 3,000 tents have been set up for vulnerable people in the Czech capital of Prague, the Huffington Post reports.

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