Jan 13, 2017

More than 70 deaths as extreme weather hits Europe and the Balkans

Seamus Kearney

In some countries temperatures are at their lowest in more than 50 years, causing misery for residents and headaches for authorities.

Countries in Eastern Europe and the Balkans have been hardest hit, with more than 70 deaths caused by the freezing weather.

For example, in Albania, at least eight people have died, with snow falling for the first time in resort towns in the south of the country.

Rare heavy snowfall has been seen in many places, including Dubrovnik in Croatia

What looked to be a typical mild winter suddenly changed overnight, catching authorities and the public by surprise.