Twenty-one people died over the weekend in Poland because of freezing weather amid one of the country’s deadliest cold spells, the government said Monday.
“Twelve people died over the last 24 hours. We also recorded nine other victims the day before,” spokeswoman Bozena Wysocka from the government centre for security (RCB) said after temperatures dropped to minus 20 Celsius (minus 4 Fahrenheit) in certain areas.
That brings the total number of deaths linked to the cold weather to 39 since November 1, she added.
Poland’s deadliest hypothermia weekend in recent years was December 19-20, 2009, when 42 people died.