State of emergency imposed in Serbia due to the severe frosts
The night before, the authorities of Serbia imposed the state of emergency in the country due to the inability to solve the problems caused by bad weather, the government said in a statement.
"The government has concluded that conventional means are useless to solve numerous problems caused by the snowfall and frosts - from clearing roads to supply the population with food, medicine and electricity", the "Argumenty Nedely" ("Arguments of the Week") quoted Serbian press service.
Currently, as a result of accidents caused by cold weather and heavy snowfalls, more than 70,000 Serbs are still without electricity. Nine people have become victims of cold weather in Serbia. In addition, five thousand miles of local and regional roads are blocked with snow, Fontanka.Ru reported on Monday.
"In view of the fact that 37 municipalities have declared a state of emergency, more than 70,000 people are cut off from the center due to the snow, nine people have died and one is missing, we must declare a state of emergency throughout Serbia", the "Rossiyskaya Gazeta" ("Russian Newspaper") quoted the statement by Vice-Prime Minister and Interior Minister Ivica Dacic.