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Wide spread extreme cold weather conditions

While the world is faced with the long-argued saga of global warming, take a look at what is taking place in the Northern Hemisphere, where people are being warned to avoid exposure to the extreme cold conditions, eat protein-rich food and dress warmly. The aged and those suffering from heart conditions are warned to avoid trips and crowded areas.

“The cold weather is hitting a lot of the more-populated areas, such as western and northern Europe, a lot of the eastern U.S. It’s a rare pattern, and unusual to see this cold weather affecting a number of major population centers and persisting for about three weeks,” said a meteorologist at AccuWeather Inc., Bob Tarr.

China: As of November 2009, continued heavy snow has hit most areas of China, creating chaos across the country. Many provinces have had to face electricity rationing, increased food prices, with primary and secondary schools closed. More than 1 million people have been suffered in eastern and central China, including the evacuation of 5,435 people. Temperatures dropped as low as minus 20 degrees Celsius in Beijing.

India and Kashmir: more than 100 people have died from cold as a strong cold wave of weather struck India. Heavy fog conditions produced train collisions.

Bangladesh: Approximately 30 people, including 28 children have died from cold related diseases.

Nepal: Cold related deaths have reached around 25, with many more cold related diseases. Numerous schools have been forced to shut down.

South Korea: Snowstorms have blasted across South Korea, bring communication and travel to a halt.

United States: The majority of the U.S. has been hit by fierce snow storms, claiming at least 7 lives, the United Press reported. Hundreds of thousands were left without power. More than 150 schools closed.

Canada: An extreme cold alert was issued in January.

United Kingdom: Central and southern England were swept by blizzards, during January, delaying hundreds of flights and closing many schools. The army was called out to assist as many as 1,000 vehicles on the snow-covered A3.

Russia: Around 200 freight trains were snow-bound at port cities in Russia’s far East region, while Moscow was paralyzed in this winter’s largest snowfall.

France: Since January 6th a cold snap has swept across Europe slamming northern France and Paris.

Finland: Southern Finland has been swept by a blizzard creating at least 20 road accidents.

Austria: Three Austrian citizens were frozen to death on their way home from an evening in their local bars.

Norway: Road, rail and air traffic have been thrown into chaos in South West Norway.

Germany: Freezing weather holds Germany in its biting grip as all travel is disrupted across Europe.

Romania: 11 cold weather related deaths were the result of a week-long blizzard.

Czech Republic: Prague citizens have been warned of excessive cold as the big chill continues.

Spain: Thirty major roads were closed due to heavy rain and snow.

by S. C.
20 february 2010, Food & Fun > Nature