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Wednesday, 26 December 2012 - 9:04
Russia's brutal early winter claims 123 lives
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A bitter cold snap in Russia has claimed 123 lives in the past 10 days, with the early freeze testing authorities in a country used to notoriously tough winters.

Temperatures have plunged as low as minus 30 degrees Celsius in the Moscow region and minus 60 degrees Celsius in Eastern Siberia.

Another 833 people had to be hospitalised to be treated for hypothermia and frost-bite, including 123 over the past 24 hours, of whom 14 were children.

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