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Unusually cold weather makes living tough in Turkey and Romania

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A young girl walks in front of a tent, in which she has lived since last year's earthquake, in Van on Friday. A powerful quake shook the Van province, on October 23, 2011, killing more than 600 people and injuring around 2,600. It was followed on November 12 by a 5.6 magnitude tremor that killed another 40 people in the same area.

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A man climbs on snow as he gets out from a small cottage in the village of Varasti village, 100km east from Bucharest, on Friday. The death toll caused by the Siberian cold wave continued to widen Friday in Romania, to 57 deaths, said the Ministry of Health.Sixteen people died in the last 48 hours, thirteen in the night from Thursday to Friday, while nearly 150 have been treated for frostbite and hypothermia.Some 60,000 people were isolated in the east, their supplies of food and water being depleted, according to local authorities. Fifty communities were without electricity.

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Romanian peasant woman Rodica, 41, shovels around one of her car buried in snow, in the affected village of Maineasa, 30 kilometers north-east from Bucharest, Romania, on Friday. Some 13 deaths were register in Romania due to severe hypothermia in the last 24 hours, raising the death toll to 57 since first cold wave hit the country on 27 January. Heavy snowfalls are expected over the weekend in eastern and south of Romania.

AP reports from Turkey, where some people made homeless by October's earthquake are still living in tents:

Gonul Meral, 33, has two children and has been homeless since October, when her landlord evicted her after an earthquake left her husband unemployed. She says her tent is so cold that water inside it is freezing solid.

"It is so hard, I had to fight to get a tent and I don't know whether they will let me keep it because those whose houses were damaged have priority," Meral said by telephone. "I am doing the dishes now, but the water in the basin is frozen and I have to heat the water again."