The biggest snowfall in the Balkans previously three decades has claimed lives and cut-off villagers across the region.
The cold snap continues within the Balkans, blocking roads, causing power cuts and leaving food and medicine in short supply in some areas.
Emergency workers in Serbia today found a tenth victim of freezing – a 65-year-old man who died as part of his home in the town of Cuprija.
The Serbian government on Sunday evening declared a state of emergency across its entire territory as a result of heavy snowfall and very low temperatures.
“Since 37 municipalities have declared states of emergency, over 70,000 people are snowed in and cut off through the world, and nine folks have lost their lives and one person is missing, Serbia should declare an urgent situation over the whole territory,” said Ivica Dacic, Serbian Deputy Prime Minister and Interior Minister.
The Serbian Ministry of Education has called on schools to suspend classes from February Five to ten.
Drivers have been warned that there is a coat of ice on many roads across Serbia, although main highways and roads remain open.
The relationship is similar in Bosnia. The heavy snowfall and freezing temperatures only minus 26 degrees Celsius have isolated villages, forced schools to cancel lessons until in the future and led Sarajevo airport to cancel many flights.
A seventeen-year-old boy, Ejub Nadzak from Zepce, was discovered frozen after he being reported missing last month 2.
The worst troubles are in the Zenica-Doboj canton in the Federation entity as well as in the high-altitude towns of Sokolac and Han Pijesak in Republika Srpska.
Scenario of emergency has been declared within the Federation entity, as well as in many cantons there. Republika Srpska have not declared a state of emergency, but many municipalities within that entity do so.
Many villages around Sokolac, Srebrenica and Foca, in eastern Bosnia, are blocked by drifts. Supplies of food and medicine are running short due to the impassable roads.
Although snow removal crews will work non-stop in many areas, they have been not able to make most roads usable. In accordance with the weather bureau, the snowfall will continue in Bosnia until at least end of the week.
Three old people were found dead as a result of freezing conditions at the weekend in central Croatian villages that had been cut off by heavy snow.
A snow storm which affected almost all of the country on Friday stopped over the past weekend but difficulties remain, especially in the coastal region of Dalmatia in places for example Makarska, Split.
Defense minister Ante Kotromanovic ordered the Croatian army to help you clear snow in the coastal town of Split and in the Dalmatian hinterland.
The temperature dropped only minus 20 degrees Celsius in a few areas of Croatia over the weekend.
Lots of villages in the Dalmatian hinterland remain cut-off.
Firemen and rescue workers are delivering basic goods to inhabitants of these villages. One woman delivered a baby alone in Sebisna village near Imotski, because she couldn’t reach hospital.
School has been canceled in Split and Sibenik county, as well as a state of emergency has been proclaimed.
The weather worsened yesterday in Montenegro. Podgorica’s airport is closed again, while buses are going only from Podgorica to Niksic and to the coast.
The snow storm in Montenegro claimed two lives so far. A single person died while traveling on the road from Podgorica to Kolasin as a result of an avalanche. The other victim from the bad weather was found frozen at the northern town of Bijelo Polje.
Several categories of passengers have been rescued from avalanches on Montenegrin roads. Snow has additionally caused damage to the energy infrastructure and power cuts in a few parts of the country.
Due to heavy snowfall, previously five days several cities in Kosovo have declared a state of emergency.
According to Kosovo’s Meteorology Institute, the north-western region of Dukagjini (Metohija) was hit the most difficult, while one meter of snow was reported in Peja and Istog. Many villages in these municipalities have been cut off.
Kosovo’s security forces were called in on Sunday to evacuate around 50 school pupils trapped for the week in the Brezovica Ski Centre due to a roadblock caused by a five-meter deep avalanche.
The primary school children were brought to Pristina on Sunday night. But the road still remains blocked, much like the roads leading to the borders with Montenegro (Peja-Kula-Rozaje) and Macedonia (Gllobocica).
The Ministry of Education has ordered the closure coming from all primary and secondary schools for the complete week (to reopen 13 February) as a result of “Siberian winter”.
The temperatures are expected to drop to minus 22 degrees Celsius on Wednesday.
Snowfalls throughout Macedonia have up to now caused only minor traffic problems.
Traffic is slow due to overnight snow and ice. Apart from a ban on heavy vehicles in a few mountainous areas, authorities say all main roads remain open.
You can find slight delays in railway and air traffic too though the main hubs remain open.
Nadica Vckova through the Crisis Management Centre says several mountain villages have been cut off after snowfalls continued throughout the previous night.
Snowy weather has additionally engulfed Albania, making dozens of roads within the country’s mountainous areas impassable. According to statement from the police on Monday morning, dozens of roads in the region of Kukes, Diber, Shkoder and Korca are blocked, while authorities will work to clear them.
Several highways, including good parts of Albania-Kosovo highway could only be went by cars equipped with tire chains. The authorities called on drivers to exercise particular caution while travelling, to avoid the risk of accidents.
In Bulgaria, severe floods hit the villages within the south under pressure from heavy rain and snow.
The Bulgarian village of Biser, at the southern town of Harmanly, has been flooded, because the local “Ivanovo” dam has burst.
The National Institute for Meteorology and Hydrology at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences has declared a Code Red warning, for just crazy weather, in the regions of Smolyan and Kurdjali due to the combined hazards of heavy rain and runoff from previous heavy snowfall.
A Code Orange warning for dangerous weather was declared for that western part of the country.Code Orange have also been declared in nine other districts: Vidin, Montana, Vratsa, Sofia and Sofia District, Pernik, Kyustendil, Pazardjik and Blagoevgrad, writes tagza.com.