Poland's cold snap death toll hits 62

Poland`s cold snap death toll hits 62 Warsaw: Europe's vicious cold snap has claimed 62 lives in Poland, with nine new victims in the past 24 hours, police said on Monday.

With overnight temperatures plunging to minus 24 degrees Celsius in some parts of the country, the majority of the victims were homeless, often drunk.

In a bid to save lives, Poland's homeless shelters have dropped a ban on drunken individuals.

Overall, 107 people have died of hypothermia in Poland since winter hit in November. The current cold snap began at the end of January.

In neighbouring Lithuania, where the mercury has plunged to minus 31 Celsius, the deaths of six more people over the weekend brought the cold snap's toll to 17.

In the Czech Republic, police said a homeless man was found dead in the eastern city of Brno, lifting that country's toll to 18.

In Kvilda, near the Czech-German border, the temperature hit minus 39.4 Celsius, the lowest recorded in the country this winter.