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Three dead in Bulgaria cold snap

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People walk with umbrellas during heavy snowfall in downtown Sofia on December 3, 2012.

Snowstorms and temperatures plunging to minus 19.2 degrees Celsius (-2.5 Fahrenheit) left three people dead in Bulgaria, media reports said on Friday.

The frozen body of a 56-year-old homeless man was found on Friday morning on a street in the western town of Dupnitsa, state BTA news agency reported.

Two more people were found in the northeastern regions of Ruse and Shumen - a 70-year-old woman who got lost in the snowstorm, and a 59-year-old man whose body was found in a roadside snowdrift, Trud newspaper said on Friday.

Heavy snowfall and strong winds have paralysed traffic in several regions in northeastern Bulgaria since Wednesday, coupled with a sharp drop in temperatures.

Temperatures dropped as low as minus 19.2 degrees Celsius (-2.5 Fahrenheit) in the eastern town of Kyustendil on Friday morning, the weather services said. - AFP


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