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Extreme cold brings travel delays

European winter weather is wreaking havoc causing massive travel delays

LONDON | February 10, 2012

Winter weather conditions were wreaking havoc across much of Europe Friday, with travel delays, school and public office closures and deaths, officials said.

Central and Eastern Europe got the worst of the recent weather, with heavy snow and freezing temperatures, CNN reported.

In Ukraine, the worst-affected country, more than 100 people have died, while more than 3,000 people have been treated at hospitals for frost bite and hypothermia.

More than 120 ships were trapped in the Kerch Strait because the waterway froze, Ukrainian officials said.

Parts of the Danube River were frozen across Europe, slowing transport down the river.

In Italy, schools and public offices were closed Friday while crews worked to plow roadways, Italy's ANSA news agency reported.

The cold weather claimed 40 lives across Italy officials said.

Traveling in England was hazardous Friday, The Daily Telegraph reported.

Road accidents were reported across the country, with at least one fatality in Wales.

Flooding, caused by water pipes that burst in the extreme cold, was also reported across the country.

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