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Romany families make discarded factory home during harsh European winter

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Emrie Bektur, a Romany mother of six, rests in a discarded factory which serves as her family's make-shift home in Skopje, Macedonia on Feb. 1. More than 130 people have died across Eastern Europe and Germany since the cold snap began.

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Emrie Bektur collects wood to warm their make-shift home in a discarded factory, in Skopje, Macedonia.

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Romany children play outside the discarded factory which has become their home in Skopje on Feb. 2.

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Rozalinda Ali, a Romany mother of eight, breastfeeds her three-month old son inside their makeshift home in an old Skopje factory.

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Ali Ali, a Romany father of eight, holds his three-month old son at their make-shift home in a discarded factory in Skopje on Feb. 2.

Temperatures across Eastern Europe sank to minus 26.5 F in some areas. Parts of the Black Sea froze near the Romanian coastline, and rare snow fell on Croatian islands in the Adriatic Sea.

In Bulgaria, 16 towns recorded their lowest temperatures since records started 100 years ago.

Polish government spokeswoman Malgorzata Wozniak said her country's victims were mostly homeless people under the influence of alcohol who had sought shelter in unheated buildings. Officials appealed to the public Thursday to quickly help anyone they saw in need.

-- msnbc.com news services contributed to this post.

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