Severe frosts in Poland brought not only the long-awaited winter fun, but also the indispensable winter tragedy. According to the Government Security Centre, about a hundred people died in Poland due to the cold snap.
Five people died from hypothermia in the Saturday night in Poland, when the temperature dropped below 20 degrees increasing the hypothermia death toll to 97 people.
According to the Ministry of Internal Affairs, the majority of the victims were homeless, who were denied access to the shelters because of alcohol overuse. In connection with the tragedy, the Prime Minister has temporarily lifted the ban on drinking alcohol in shelters for the homeless.
According to the Ministry, the majority of 200 000 homeless people in Poland are alcoholics. Last year, alcohol was also the main cause of more than 200 winter deaths.
However, Poland is not the only country affected by severe frosts. At least 28 people have died from the severe frosts in Bulgaria in recent weeks. 25 deaths from hypothermia were registered in the Czech Republic. In total about 500 people were killed by strong frosts in Europe in recent years.
According to the thenews.pl materials.