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Emergency measures in parts of Serbia to battle snow and cold

Serbian authorities have declared emergency measures in nine areas in central and southern parts of the country amid fresh snow and extremely low temperatures that have blocked roads and cut off villages.

Emergency officials said that more than 120 people and 70 vehicles have been evacuated overnight in the hardest-hit south of the country where three-metre high snowdrifts have formed.

Heavy snow and polar temperatures diving to -30 degrees Celsius (-22 Fahrenheit) in some areas gripped parts of Europe last week, leading to more than a dozen deaths, grounding planes and causing traffic accidents.

Serbia's authorities have banned river traffic on the Danube and Sava rivers due to ice and wind.

Authorities say the country's Velika Morava river is frozen for the first time in two decades.

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