Ice age Europe: How the big freeze, with temperatures as low as MINUS 40, has turned Britain and the continent BLUE
Hundreds of Eastern European villages cut off as temperatures plummet to -40C
Melting snow causes dam wall to break and flood entire village in southern Bulgaria, killing four
European crisis commissioner says 'the worst is yet to come'
By LEE MORAN
Last updated at 11:24 AM on 9th February 2012
Europe continues to be blanketed in snow as the cold snap which has so far killed hundreds across the continent shows no signs of stopping.
Hundreds of villages across Eastern Europe were today completely cut off as temperatures plummeted in some places to -40C.
Rescue teams struggled to evacuate southern Bulgarians where villages flooded after rain and melting snow broke damn walls.
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Residents were also warned that there was more snow to come - which would be followed by severe floods when the temperature finally starts to rise and the snow melts.
Meanwhile temperatures in Britain are due to plummet to as low as -13C, with the big freeze due to last well into the weekend.
Around 146 towns and villages in Romania were isolated with no road or train connections because of blizzards.
Up to 174 villages had no electricity, said Alin Maghiar, spokeman for Romania's emergency department.
Electricity was also cut off to 300 towns and villages in Bulgaria, roads were closed and several border checkpoints with Romania and Turkey were shut, the Interior Ministry said.