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"Situation 'tragic' as
winter weather blankets Europe"
London (CNN) -- Heavy snow left several Italian villages
paralyzed and without power as winter weather and cold
temperatures spread across Europe, the mayor of one village
Many of the 32 villages in the Aniene Valley, near Rome, lost
electricity on Friday when an electric pylon fell because of the
snow, said Piero Moscardini, mayor of Vallinfreda.
The valley, home to about 50,000 people, has received some 100
cm (39 inches) of snow, Moscardini said.
"It's the worst snow since 1956," he said. "The situation is
tragic. We need the Army to save us."
Ambulances cannot traverse the roads, he said, and some
villagers cannot reach their stables to feed livestock.
Winter whacks Europe
Meanwhile, deaths continued to increase from the cold. In
Romania, four people died on Saturday and another six on Sunday,
authorities said. A total of 34 people have died since the cold
snap began in late January.