Severe cold spell kills 37 people in Ukraine
A pedestrian walks along a snow-covered street in Kiev, Ukraine on Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2012. (AP Photo/Sergei Chuzavkov)
The Associated Press
Published Tuesday, December 18, 2012 7:28AM EST
KIEV, Ukraine -- Ukrainian health officials say 37 people have died from the severe cold spell that hit the country this month.
Temperatures have dropped as low as minus-17 C (2 F).
The Health Ministry said Tuesday that 190 people have sought medical help for hypothermia, of which 162 people have been hospitalized.
No health official would say how the deaths occurred, but victims in previous cold spells have been mostly the homeless and elderly people. Authorities have set up some 1,500 centres around the country to provide food and shelter.
The cold weather comes as heavy snowfall in the eastern European nation blocked key roads, leaving hundreds of cars stranded.