200 Poles have frozen to death this winter

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Posted: Feb 23, 2011 9:06 AM
200 Poles have frozen to death this winter

Police say 200 people have frozen to death in Poland this winter.

Most victims were either homeless or under the influence of alcohol.

Poland has faced a severe cold spell in recent days, with temperatures dropping to minus 15 Celsius (5 Fahrenheit) in Warsaw at night and to minus 20 Celsius (minus 4 Fahrenheit) in Bialystok, a city in the northeast.

Police said on their website Wednesday that 29 people have died from the cold in February alone, raising the total to 200 since the first cold spell struck in November.