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Heavy snow in E. Europe brings more misery, deaths, delays

Associated Press logo Associated Press 1/11/2017
Smoke rises from chimneys during a freezing winter morning in Prague, Czech Republic, Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2017. Central Europe has been hit by unusually freezing weather in recent days. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek) © The Associated Press Smoke rises from chimneys during a freezing winter morning in Prague, Czech Republic, Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2017. Central Europe has been hit by unusually freezing weather in recent days. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)

BUCHAREST, Romania — Heavy snow has blanketed Eastern Europe, creating fresh hazards for people already struggling with travel delays, power outages and sub-zero temperatures.

Two more deaths were reported Wednesday in Poland, the country hit hardest by the recent cold snap to sweep Europe, which has now been blamed for at least 65 deaths.

Blizzards began early Wednesday in Romania, closing more than 130 roads and causing delays on the railway.

Thousands of commuters rode the Bucharest subway, while others walked on the streets, as snow piled high on the sidewalks. Several people were seen skiing.

In Serbia, where recent frigid temperatures have caused six deaths, authorities evacuated 130 snowbound residents. Dozens of vehicles rescued people stuck in snowdrifts.

Schools were closed in the worst-affected areas of Serbia and Romania.

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