Two killed as snow, sub-zero temperatures paralyze Europe

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Pedestrians cross Whitehall as snow falls in London. (AP)
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Pedestrians cross the millennium bridge as heavy snowfall hits London. (AFP)
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A man fits snow chains to his car in the village of Brenchley in southeast England. (AFP)
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The Ajaccio basin covered with snow on the French Mediteranean island of Corsica. (AFP)
Updated 27 February 2018
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Two killed as snow, sub-zero temperatures paralyze Europe

BUCHAREST: Two people were found dead in Romania as snow and sub-zero temperatures across much of Europe saw flights canceled, road and rail transport disrupted and schools closed on Tuesday.
A Siberian weather system forecasters have called the “beast from the east” brought the coldest temperatures for years to many regions. The freeze was expected to continue for much of the week.
In southern Romania, an 83-year-old woman from Adancata was found collapsed in the snow and died on the way to hospital, the Institute for Emergency Situations (ISU) said. A 65-year-old man was found dead late on Monday in the eastern county of Suceava, an official told state news agency Agerpres.
Parts of a motorway linking the capital Bucharest to Constanta and dozens of other roads were closed. More than 80 trains and 15 flights were canceled, Romanian police said, and Romania’s Black Sea ports were closed.
Record snowfall of 182 cm (72 inches) paralyzed the northern Croatian town of Delnice and rescue services took several hours to evacuate residents in the nearby village of Mrzle Vodice. Temperatures hit a low of -20 degrees Celsius in Zavizan on the Velebit mountain.
Schools were closed in Bucharest and ten Romanian counties as well as across western and central Croatia.
The roofs of dozens of houses collapsed under the weight of snow in the Unsko-Sanski canton in northwestern Bosnia.
State-run RTCG TV reported that Montenegro’s main Golubovci airport was closed for several hours overnight.
In Britain, parts of the east saw up to 10 cm of snow and the weather service said temperatures could fall toward -10 degrees Celsius in some rural areas.
Some schools closed on Tuesday and train services and some flights were canceled. In London, snow covered some parts of Westminster and a blizzard briefly swept through the Canary Wharf financial district.
A rare snowstorm in Rome on Monday prompted Italian authorities to call in the army to help clear the streets.
As the storm moved south on Tuesday, Naples saw the most snow since 1956. It blanketed the beach and covered fishing boats in small city ports such as Santa Lucia and Mergellina.
With a snow-covered Mount Vesuvius providing the backdrop, the snow paralyzed traffic and train services. Schools were closed in Naples and much of southern Italy.


Zika outbreak in northern India state exceeds 100 cases

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Zika outbreak in northern India state exceeds 100 cases

  • Zika symptoms include fever, rashes and joint pain, and the disease has been linked to birth deformities in some cases

NEW DELHI: The number of Zika virus cases has crossed 100 in Rajasthan, a state in northern India where palaces and forts draw large numbers of tourists each year.
The Press Trust of India news agency reports eight new cases were reported from the state capital of Jaipur on Saturday.
The agency says that the new cases come amid a state health department investigation to track the outbreak of Zika in pregnant women in their first trimester.
Zika symptoms include fever, rashes and joint pain, and the disease has been linked to birth deformities in some cases.
The World Health Organization says that the first case in India was reported from Ahmedabad in the western state of Gujarat in January 2017.
WHO says Zika has been reported in 86 countries.