Europe: Severe cold kills 200
Around 200 people have been killed by severe cold in Russia and eastern Europe, reports said.
The temperature in Moscow has been below -20 degrees Centigrade in Moscow and below -50 in some parts of Siberia for more than a week.
Reports quoting weathermen said the situation is unlikely to improve before Christmas eve.
In Ukraine, at least 83 people have been killed and more than 500 are being treated for cold-related problems in hospitals. Cold has killed around 50 people in Poland and at least 56 in Russia.
In southern Ukraine, almost 100 villages were left without power as demand for heating surged across the country, reports added.