More Snow Forecast, Tisza Freezes In Hungary

  • 7 Feb 2012 8:12 AM
More Snow Forecast, Tisza Freezes In Hungary
"The National Meteorological Service has issued snow warnings for Zala, Somogy and Baranya counties, forecasting heavy snowfall for the southern region today, as wintry conditions retain their grip on the country. Ice-breaking ships are on standby at various critical points along the Tisza as the river and its tributaries have frozen over on almost their entire stretch.

Trucks were stranded in the Bakony hills while several roads in Borsod county are blocked by snow.

A total of 12 people have died due to the extreme cold and snowfall in the past three days, according to National Disaster Control officials.

In addition, 270 people have been rescued from 140 stranded vehicles, 172 people have required medical attention due to frostbite, carbon monoxide poisoning or snowfall and 55 residents have been temporarily evacuated from their homes.

Police have saved 300 people from exposure by offering assistance, with 20,000 officers on duty at the weekend.

There were 170 road accidents over the weekend, of which one was fatal and seven others caused severe injuries.

Ambulance personnel tended to about 6,000 cases at the weekend throughout the country, 20% more than normal.

Classes have been cancelled in all Baranya county schools for Tuesday and Wednesday.

As Budapest hostels for the homeless became full Friday evening, the Honvéd hospital opened a 26-capacity warming-up place on Podmaniczky utca in the Sixth District."

Source: Hungary Around the Clock

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