Saturday, 26 December 2009
Health Ministry: Recent cold wave killed 94 in Ukraine
The number of those who have frozen to death in Ukraine has risen to 94 as of noon onDec. 25,including 21 people who died at home and one in a traffic jam, the Ukrainian Health Ministry's press service has told Interfax-Ukraine. Thirty-five people froze to death in Donetsk province, 11 in Volyn province, and six in Kharkiv province.Four people died due to the cold wave each in Luhansk, Sumy, and Chernivtsi provinces, three each in Zaporizhia, Ivano-Frankivsk, Mykolaiv, Rivne, Kherson, and Khmelnytsky provinces, two each in Dnipropetrovsk, Kirovohrad, and Cherkasy provinces, and one each in Vinnytsia, Lviv, Poltava, Ternopil, and Chernihiv provinces.A total of 1,078 people asked for medical aid due to frostbite, and 755 of them have been hospitalized.The cold wave throughout Ukraine, with temperatures as low as minus 20 C, lasted 7-8 days.