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3 men die in cold spell in Serbia; schools close in Bosnia

A woman walks through a snow covered park in Belgrade, Serbia, Monday, Dec. 17, 2018. Serbia and neighboring countries have been blanketed with snow in the past few days, which has slowed down traffic, disrupted power supplies and blocked access to some remote villages. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Three men reportedly froze to death in Serbia as a cold spell throughout the Balkan region slowed traffic, disrupted power supplies and closed schools in some areas.

Serbian state TV reported that the body of a 48-year-old man who apparently died overnight was found in the snow in a northern village Monday. The broadcaster also said a 61-year-old man whose body was found in the northwestern town of Sid, also succumbed to the cold.

The third victim was a homeless man whose body was found in an abandoned house in southwestern Serbia, state TV said late Monday.

In central Serbia, several villages have been left without electricity. Authorities warned the citizens to pay attention in the streets and parks to branches breaking off trees because of heavy snow.

In Bosnia, schools closed down for two days Monday in the central municipalities of Konjic and Jablanica, while trucks and heavy vehicles have been banned from some snow-covered roads.

Romania’s education ministry said it will close down schools in western and southwestern Romania on Tuesday after heavy snowfall hit parts of the country, causing power outages and travel delays.

Already, some schools were closed Monday mainly in western Romania because of power outages, the ministry said.

Bosnian authorities say they have taken a group of migrants who were rescued Sunday after they got lost in a mountainous area on the border with Croatia to a hospital in the nearby town of Bihac.

Two migrants had suffered severe frostbite after spending a day out in the snow-covered area trying to reach the European Union country.

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