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Extreme cold weather in Ukraine causes 101 deaths

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Pedestrians walk near a metro entrance in an air temperature around minus 4 Fahrenheit in central Kiev, on Feb. 3. Thirty-eight more deaths from a cold snap have been registered in Ukraine in the past 24 hours, bringing to 101 the toll from freezing temperatures across the former Soviet republic, the Emergencies Ministry said on Friday.

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An elderly woman is wrapped in thick winter clothes as she tries to sell cigarettes to passers-by in downtown Kiev, Ukraine, on Feb. 3. The death toll from the cold spell reached 101 in Ukraine, up from 63 reported killed by exposure on the day before. More than 1,200 people were treated for cold-related injuries, the Ukraine Ministry of Emergency Situations reported. Freezing cold and snowstorms over Eastern and Central Europe on Friday caused more deaths and disrupted traffic and energy supplies across the continent.

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A sparrow with extended feathers due to the cold sits on a branch in an air temperature around minus 4 Fahrenheit in central Kiev, on Feb. 3. Thirty-eight more deaths from a cold snap have been registered in Ukraine in the past 24 hours, bringing to 101 the toll from freezing temperatures across the former Soviet republic, the Emergencies Ministry said on Friday.

AP reports:

In Ukraine, thirty-eight more fatalities were reported from frostbite and hypothermia on Friday, raising the nation's death toll to 101. Emergency officials have said many of the victims were homeless.

Mykola Blyznyuk of the Health Ministry told the Kiev Post newspaper that many of the victims of hypothermia had broken their legs in falls and spent a long time on the ground in freezing temperatures while waiting for help to arrive.

Of the Ukrainians who have died since the cold weather hit Jan. 27, 64 were found frozen on the streets, 11 died in hospitals and 26 in their homes, emergency officials said.

It was so cold there, that some 1,500 swans, sea gulls and ducks froze to the ice in a small harbor near Ukraine's Black Sea port of Odessa, forcing emergency workers to use ships to break up the surface and free the birds, officials said.

The weeklong cold snap — Eastern Europe's worst in decades — is causing power outages, frozen water pipes and the widespread closure of schools, nurseries, airports and bus routes.

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A view of the frozen River Dnieper in an air temperature around minus 4 Fahrenheit in snow covered central Kiev, on Feb. 3.

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A woman looks through an icy window in a bus in Ukraine's capital, Kiev, on Feb. 3.