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Romanian military flies food in to stranded towns
Heavy snow cuts off thousands for days in eastern Romania; military planes transport food
By The Associated Press

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) ' Military planes are flying in tons of emergency food to communities in eastern Romania, where thousands have been stranded by the heaviest snowfall in memory.

Authorities declared an alert Monday in eastern Romania, where 6,000 people have been cut off for days. About a dozen major roads were closed, 300 trains canceled and more 1,000 schools shut down.

In addition to the flights, the defense ministry said 8,000 soldiers are clearing roads and helping people trapped by the snow, which was up to 15 feet (four meters) high in some eastern parts. Some residents were cutting tunnels through the snow to get out of their houses.

The cold snap has claimed hundreds of lives in Eastern Europe, including 74 lives in Romania.

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