La bestia del Este, una ola de frío siberiano, azota a toda Europa

Europa seguía aterida este miércoles por la ola de frío polar, conocida como la bestia del Este, que se cobró la vida de al menos 24 personas y cubrió de nieve algunas playas del Mediterráneo.

Ante las temperaturas glaciales, de hasta -24ºC en algunas partes de Alemania y de -29ºC durante la noche en Estonia, se lanzaron advertencias respecto a la población más vulnerable, como ancianos y personas sin hogar, y varias ciudades proveyeron refugio de emergencia y asistencia para los más necesitados.

Polonia es el país en el que más personas murieron por esta ola de frío, con nueve fallecidos, seguida por Lituania, con cinco, y Francia, con cuatro, entre ellas un nonagenario que apareció sin vida el martes a las puertas de su residencia de ancianos.

En República Checa hubo tres fallecidos y dos en Rumanía, incluyendo una mujer de 83 años que fue hallada sin vida en la calle y cubierta de nieve. En Italia falleció una persona sin hogar.

Este miércoles se prevé que continúen las bajas temperaturas, con hasta -12ºC en el norte de Francia y -6ºC en el sur del continente.

En España se prevén nuevas nevadas, incluso en Cataluña, donde se canceló el transporte escolar. En cinco islas del archipiélago de las Canarias se suspendieron las clases debido a una alerta por fuertes vientos.

Mientras que en el Ártico se registran unas temperaturas con máximos récord, la ola de frío que azota Europa llevó nieve incluso a islas del Mediterráneo como Córcega y Capri.

– Pedido de mantas –

Algunas localidades belgas, como Etterbeek y Charleroi, decidieron autorizar a la policía a detener a gente sin hogar que se negara a acudir a los refugios.

La Cruz Roja, que estableció equipos de emergencia por toda Europa, pidió a la gente estar atenta a los vecinos y los familiares.

“El simple hecho de llamar a la puerta de alguien para comprobar que tienen todo lo que necesitan puede suponer una gran diferencia. Podría incluso ser la diferencia entre la vida y la muerte”, dijo la organización.

El organismo hizo un llamado para recaudar unas 10.000 mantas en Francia. Según un censo realizado la semana pasada, al menos 3.000 personas duermen en las calles de París.

– “El oso siberiano” –

En Inglaterra, donde el martes cayó una fuerte nevada sobre Londres, los tabloides bautizaron la ola de frío como “la Bestia del Este”, en tanto los holandeses eligieron como pseudónimo “el oso siberiano”, que para los suecos es el “cañón de nieve”.

La aerolínea British Airways canceló unos 60 vuelos procedentes y con destino al aeropuerto de Heathrow.

Según los servicios meteorológicos británicos, algunas comunidades rurales podrían quedar aisladas durante días por la nieve, y advirtieron sobre la posibilidades de “largas interrupciones del suministro eléctrico y de otros servicios como las redes de teléfono y móvil”.

Italia fue uno de los países con las condiciones más gélidas. Muchas escuelas y centros de día estaban cerrados y los servicios nacionales de ferrocarril sufrieron interrupciones debido a la falta de equipos de descongelación, que obligó a los trabajadores a retirar la nieve con las manos.

La compañía rusa Gazprom, el principal proveedor de gas en Europa, dijo que en los últimos seis días envió cantidades récord al continente, con un pico de 667 millones de metros cúbicos el lunes, reseñó AFP.

People walk on the partially snow covered Pilat (or Pyla) sand dune after snow fall on February 28, 2018 in La Teste-de-Buch, southwestern France. Europe remained on February 28 gripped by a blast of Siberian weather, accounting for at least 24 deaths and carpeting palm-lined Mediterranean beaches in snow. / AFP PHOTO / Nicolas TUCAT
Una duna parcialmente cubierta de nieve en Teste-de Bunch al suroeste de Francia . / AFP PHOTO / Nicolas TUCAT

 

A man walks on the partially snow covered Pilat (or Pyla) sand dune after snow fall on February 28, 2018 in La Teste-de-Buch, southwestern France. Europe remained on February 28 gripped by a blast of Siberian weather, accounting for at least 24 deaths and carpeting palm-lined Mediterranean beaches in snow. / AFP PHOTO / NICOLAS TUCAT
/ AFP PHOTO / NICOLAS TUCAT
People walk on the partially snow covered Pilat (or Pyla) sand dune during snow fall on February 28, 2018 in La Teste-de-Buch, southwestern France. Europe remained on February 28 gripped by a blast of Siberian weather, accounting for at least 24 deaths and carpeting palm-lined Mediterranean beaches in snow. / AFP PHOTO / NICOLAS TUCAT
/ AFP PHOTO / NICOLAS TUCAT
A woman walks on the partially snow covered Pyla sand dune during snow fall on February 28, 2018 in La Teste-de-Buch, southwestern France. Europe remained on February 28 gripped by a blast of Siberian weather, accounting for at least 24 deaths and carpeting palm-lined Mediterranean beaches in snow. / AFP PHOTO / NICOLAS TUCAT
/ AFP PHOTO / NICOLAS TUCAT
Aerial view of people walking on the snow-covered St Mark's square in Venice on February 28, 2018 after a overnigth snowfall. / AFP PHOTO / Andrea PATTARO
Vista aérea de la plaza de San Marcos en Venecia . / AFP PHOTO / Andrea PATTARO
People walk on the partially snow covered Pilat (or Pyla) sand dune after snow fall on February 28, 2018 in La Teste-de-Buch, southwestern France. Europe remained on February 28 gripped by a blast of Siberian weather, accounting for at least 24 deaths and carpeting palm-lined Mediterranean beaches in snow. / AFP PHOTO / Nicolas TUCAT
/ AFP PHOTO / Nicolas TUCAT
Snow falls on a member of the Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment, on Whitehall in central London on on February 28, 2018. Europe remained Wednesday gripped by a blast of Siberian weather which has killed at least 24 people and carpeted palm-lined Mediterranean beaches in snow. / AFP PHOTO / Tolga AKMEN
Cae la nieve sobre un miembro del Regimiento de la Caballería Montada, en Whitehall, en el centro de Londres, el 28 de febrero de 2018. / AFP PHOTO / Tolga AKMEN
Snow falls on a member of the Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment, on Whitehall in central London on on February 28, 2018. Europe remained Wednesday gripped by a blast of Siberian weather which has killed at least 24 people and carpeted palm-lined Mediterranean beaches in snow. / AFP PHOTO / Tolga AKMEN
Cae la nieve sobre un miembro del Regimiento de la Caballería Montada, en Whitehall, en el centro de Londres, el 28 de febrero de 2018. / AFP PHOTO / Tolga AKMEN
This photo taken on February 28, 2018 shows a snow-covered train stationed at the Saint Jean train station in Bordeaux. Europe remained on February 28 gripped by a blast of Siberian weather, accounting for at least 24 deaths and carpeting palm-lined Mediterranean beaches in snow. / AFP PHOTO / GEORGES GOBET
La nieve cubre la estación de tren Saint Jean en  Bordeaux.
/ AFP PHOTO / GEORGES GOBET
A blizzard hits central London as temperatures remain below freezing on February 28, 2018. Europe remained Wednesday gripped by a blast of Siberian weather which has killed at least 24 people and carpeted palm-lined Mediterranean beaches in snow. / AFP PHOTO / Tolga AKMEN
El centro de Londres cubierto de nieve    / AFP PHOTO / Tolga AKMEN
A woman rides her bicycle past a frozen waterfall in front of Ludwigslust castle, northern Germany on February 28, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / dpa / Jens Büttner / Germany OUT
Una fuente congelada frente al castillo Ludwigslust al norte de Alemania/ AFP PHOTO / dpa / Jens Büttner / Germany OUT
Icicles hang on a bench in a bay in the village of Attersee, Austria on February 28, 2018, as a blast of Siberian weather dubbed the "Beast from the East" kept the mercury far below zero in huge parts of Europe. / AFP PHOTO / APA / Wolfgang SPITZBART / Austria OUT
 Attersee, Austria  / AFP PHOTO / APA / Wolfgang SPITZBART / Austria OUT
Icicles hang on a bench in a bay in the village of Attersee, Austria on February 28, 2018, as a blast of Siberian weather dubbed the "Beast from the East" kept the mercury far below zero in huge parts of Europe. / AFP PHOTO / APA / Wolfgang SPITZBART / Austria OUT
 Attersee, Austria  / AFP PHOTO / APA / Wolfgang SPITZBART / Austria OUT
Cars and trucks are stuck in a traffic jam on the snow and ice-covered A9 highway in the direction of Montpellier, near Sete, southern France, on February 28, 2018. Europe remained on February 28 gripped by a blast of Siberian weather, accounting for at least 24 deaths and carpeting palm-lined Mediterranean beaches in snow. / AFP PHOTO / Laurent EMMANUEL
La autopista A9 hacia  Montpellier, cerca de Sete, al sur de Francia  / AFP PHOTO / Laurent EMMANUEL
Cars and trucks are stuck in a traffic jam on the snow and ice-covered A9 highway in the direction of Montpellier, near Sete, southern France, on February 28, 2018. Europe remained on February 28 gripped by a blast of Siberian weather, accounting for at least 24 deaths and carpeting palm-lined Mediterranean beaches in snow. / AFP PHOTO / Laurent EMMANUEL
 / AFP PHOTO / Laurent EMMANUEL
A picture taken on February 28, 2018 shows stalks covered with ice in a field in Edemissen, Germany, as a blast of Siberian weather dubbed the "Beast from the East" kept the mercury far below zero in huge parts of Europe. / AFP PHOTO / dpa / Ole Spata / Germany OUT
Edemissen, Alemania / AFP PHOTO / dpa / Ole Spata / Germany OUT
Icicles hang on a tree in Edemissen, Germany, on February 28, 2018, as a blast of Siberian weather dubbed the "Beast from the East" kept the mercury far below zero in huge parts of Europe. / AFP PHOTO / dpa / Ole Spata / Germany OUT
Edemissen, Alemania / AFP PHOTO / dpa / Ole Spata / Germany OUT
People walk on the beach covered with snow after a heavy snowfall in San Sebastian, northern Spain, on February 28, 2018. School was cancelled across swathes of Europe as a blast of Siberian weather dubbed the "Beast from the East" kept the mercury far below zero. / AFP PHOTO / ANDER GILLENEA
 San Sebastian, al norte de España  / AFP PHOTO / ANDER GILLENEA
People walk along the beach covered with snow after a heavy snowfall in San Sebastian, northern Spain, on February 28, 2018. School was cancelled across swathes of Europe as a blast of Siberian weather dubbed the "Beast from the East" kept the mercury far below zero. / AFP PHOTO / ANDER GILLENEA
San Sebastian, España / AFP PHOTO / ANDER GILLENEA
A thermometer is pictured on top of the highest German mountain, the Zugspitze, in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany February 28, 2018. REUTERS/Michaela Rehle
Un termómetro en grados Fahrentheit en Alemania REUTERS/Michaela Rehle

 

Dog walkers and commuters stroll in the snow on Clapham Common in London, Britain, February 28, 2018. REUTERS/Dylan Martinez
Clapham Common en Londres /REUTERS/Dylan Martinez
Snow covered transmitting antennas are pictured on top of the highest German mountain, the Zugspitze, in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany February 28, 2018. REUTERS/Michaela Rehle
Antenas cubiertas de nieve en la montaña más alta de Alemania, la  Zugspitze, en Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Alemania REUTERS/Michaela Rehle
A frozen balustrade is pictured on top of the highest German mountain, the Zugspitze, in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany February 28, 2018. REUTERS/Michaela Rehle
 REUTERS/Michaela Rehle
People walk over the frozen up lake Eibsee in Grainau near Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany February 28, 2018. REUTERS/Michaela Rehle
Alemania REUTERS/Michaela Rehle
Icicles are seen on a roof in Grainau near Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany February 28, 2018. REUTERS/Michaela Rehle
Grainau cerca de Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Alemania REUTERS/Michaela Rehle
People walk in the snow on Horse Guards Parade in London, February 28, 2018. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls
Londres REUTERS/Peter Nicholls
A guardsman stands on duty in the snow at Horse Guards Parade in London, February 28, 2018. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls
Londres REUTERS/Peter Nicholls
A guardsman stands on duty in the snow at Horse Guards Parade in London, February 28, 2018. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls
REUTERS/Peter Nicholls
People walk in the snow on Horse Guards Parade in London, February 28, 2018. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls
Londres REUTERS/Peter Nicholls
People walk in the snow on Horse Guards Parade in London, February 28, 2018. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls
Londres REUTERS/Peter Nicholls
Snow covered gondola's are seen near St.Mark square in Venice lagoon, Italy, February 28, 2018. REUTERS/Manuel Silvestri
Las góndolas de Venecia, Italia REUTERS/Manuel Silvestri
Snow covered gondola's are seen near St.Mark square in Venice lagoon, Italy, February 28, 2018. REUTERS/Manuel Silvestri
Venecia, Italia REUTERS/Manuel Silvestri
Snow covered gondola's are seen on Canal Grande (Grand Canal) in Venice lagoon, Italy, February 28, 2018. REUTERS/Manuel Silvestri
Venecia, Italia  REUTERS/Manuel Silvestri
Snow covered gondola's are seen on Canal Grande (Grand Canal) in Venice lagoon, Italy, February 28, 2018. REUTERS/Manuel Silvestri
 REUTERS/Manuel Silvestri
A woman walks through the snow Greenwich Park, London, Britain February 28, 2018. REUTERS/Hannah McKay
Londres REUTERS/Hannah McKay
An armed police officer stands on duty at Horse Guards Parade in London, February 28, 2018. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls
Londres REUTERS/Peter Nicholls
People stroll in St. Mark's square in Venice lagoon, Italy, February 28, 2018. REUTERS/Manuel Silvestri
La plaza San Marcos de Venecia REUTERS/Manuel Silvestri
A guardsman stands on duty in the snow at Horse Guards Parade in London, February 28, 2018. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls
 REUTERS/Peter Nicholls
A guardsman stands on duty in the snow at Horse Guards Parade in London, February 28, 2018. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls
REUTERS/Peter Nicholls
Snow covered gondola's are seen near St.Mark's square in Venice lagoon, Italy, February 28, 2018. REUTERS/Manuel Silvestri
Venecia, Italia REUTERS/Manuel Silvestri
A guardsman stands on duty in the snow at Horse Guards Parade in London, February 28, 2018. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls
Londres REUTERS/Peter Nicholls

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