Cold snap in Europe claims 13 more lives
Cold weather in Europe has claimed up to 13 more lives as the icy winter weather hit the continent, closing schools, roads, airports, and forcing people to go yet another day without heat and power.
The gas cuts in Russia is part of the issue preventing people from keeping warm.
In Poland, six more people died from hypothermia, making the number 82 in total - 23 of them in the last few days.
In the Ukraine, five people died in the Kherson region where temperatures reached minus 19 degrees Celsius (minus 2.2 degrees Fahrenheit).
Two people died in Germany, temperatures hit minus 16 degrees Celsius, and even the French port of Marseille has been shut down, closing the airport and leaving 10,000 homes in the dark.
Schools are closed in many countries, and road and rail transport have all suffered severe disruptions across the entire continent.
French weather services said between 20 and 40 centimetres of snow fell on the Bouches-du-Rhone region -- closing six major motorways around France's second city.
Along France's southern coast towards Spain, the airport at Toulouse was also closed until midday and motorways were also refusing to accept heavy vehicles, police added.
The German weather office said Thursday this winter ranked among the coldest in a century. In some areas, temperatures of under minus 20 Celsius were recorded overnight.
In the east German city of Schwerin police hauled a drunken man, who had decided to take his car for a spin on a local lake, from the freezing water after the ice gave way beneath him.
One benefit to the cold weather was in the Netherlands, where for the first time in 12 years, a skating championship was held on a natural frozen pond in the northeast of Amsterdam.
However, 72,000 houses in Sarajevo are without heating for a third day after snow has completely shut down the capital.