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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

City's Winter Death Toll Rises to 65




With at least three more months to go before the winter is over in Moscow, the number of people who have died of hypothermia has risen to 65, Interfax reported Thursday.


The last four victims died Wednesday, the agency said, citing Moscow's emergency services.


The current winter has been forecasted to be the coldest in 30 years and set in unusually early in November. A relatively few thaws have been quickly replaced by cold snaps, with temperatures dropping to minus 15 degrees Celsius. The average temperature was expected to be at least one degree lower this season, as compared to the past three decades.


However, the latest cold snap should be over by Saturday, Anatoly Yakovlev, the spokesman for the Federal Meteorological Services said Thursday.


The minor thaw will also be accompanied by snow, winds and possibly blizzards, he added.