Blizzards, high winds batter Eastern Europe, cause havoc

2016-01-17 19:50
A woman is out and about to feed birds during a blizzard in Bucharest, Romania. (Andreea Alexandru, AP)

A woman is out and about to feed birds during a blizzard in Bucharest, Romania. (Andreea Alexandru, AP)

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Bucharest - Blizzards are battering parts of Eastern Europe, forcing roads to be closed and trains and flights cancelled amid power outages.

The snow is blanketing parts of Romania, Serbia, the Czech Republic and Poland.

Romania's transportation ministry said 12 major roads were closed on Sunday due to heavy snow and three Black Sea ports had to shut down because of high winds. Railway authorities said 20 trains had been cancelled. At least three flights were also canceled.

The Interior Ministry said 6 000 officers were helping to clear the snow.

About 14 communities in Romania suffered power outages and the Education Ministry said schools would close on Monday in Bucharest, the capital, and in other southeastern regions.

The cold snap also gripped other countries, causing traffic problems and power outages.

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