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Biting Cold and Heavy Snowfall Cause Rising Toll in Europe
Pyongyang, February 14 (KCNA) -- The persistent severe cold and heavy snowfall are raising the scope of damage in Europe.

550 people were reported dead in Europe as of Feb. 12.

The number of deaths in Romania and Italy increased to 65 and 53 respectively.

Snowslide left nine people dead in Serbia and 11 Polish lost their lives due to the fire that they set to keep off biting cold.

It was reported that the heavy snow brought schools and public institutions in Rome of Italy to closure and rain and sleet fell in most parts of the capital from the daytime of Feb. 10 when the daily life of citizens was put into confusion.

Snow was registered 2 meters in a region of Montenegro and more than 1 meter in other regions. Podgorica witnessed the highest record of snowfall in 50 years. This forced the government of Montenegro to put the whole country on alert on Sunday.

Meanwhile, ships' sailing was completely suspended in Austria, Hungary and Bulgaria.

At present more than 100 000 people in mountainous regions of East Europe are reportedly leading a torturous life as they were cut off from the outside world by the inclement biting cold and heavy snow.

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