People enjoy the winter weather on the frozen canal near the Baroque castle Nymphenburg in Munich, Germany, Sunday, Jan. 8, 2017. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)
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Blizzards and dangerously low temperatures persisted in parts of Europe Sunday, prompting Pope Francis to draw attention to the homeless suffering in freezing weather.The extreme winter weather that has gripped Europe in the past days has caused more than a dozen deaths, left villages cut off, caused power and water outages, frozen rivers and lakes, grounded flights and led to road accidents. Serbia's authorities Sunday banned river traffic on its stretch of the Danube – one of Europe's main rivers – because of ice and strong wind.In Poland, at least 12 people died because of the cold between Thursday and Sunday, bringing the nation's death toll from winter weather to 55 since Nov. 1, authorities said over the weekend.While most of the several thousand migrants in Serbia have stayed in the Balkan country's asylum centers, hundreds have refused to do so, looking for ways to move on toward Western Europe.Polar temperatures of between minus 15 and minus 26 degrees Celsius saw ice forming on the Adriatic sea and the Danube, while countless smaller rivers, lakes and ponds froze.
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