Poland Records 19 Deaths from Cold since Beginning of 2013

Warsaw, Jan 22 (Prensa Latina) The low temperatures recorded since the beginning of this year left at least 19 dead in Poland, where heavy snowfall last weekend caused three deaths, local authorities said Monday.

Four other people died in the last 24 hours due to the fires caused by home bad heating systems, said an Interior Ministry spokesman.

The agency reported that the cold has caused about 90 deaths since the beginning of winter in November, so the Ministry called on people to pay attention to the homeless, the elderly and those living alone.

These groups are the most exposed to the effects of cold on the European nation, where last weekend the thermometer fell to 10 degrees below zero.

At the same time, officers often patrol the places usually used by homeless, who are taken to shelters.

The ministry also urged caution in the use of coal stoves, because since the start of the winter season dozens of people have lost their lives by inhalation of toxic gases.