Extreme cold weather worries Pinoys in Austria
Posted at 02/04/2012 4:17 PM | Updated as of 02/04/2012 11:29 PM
VIENNA, Austria – Filipinos based in Austria find the extreme cold weather in the country unusual.
“Because of the freezing cold temperature in Austria, it is really very difficult for me to get out – especially that I am working in a surveyor firm and I have to stand most of the time outside. It is indeed a great sacrifice though I have to work,” said Rudy Agatep.
Filipina “Lina D.” finds herself always late for work due to tram and buses delay.
“Ayon sa kanila, they have problems with the machines because of the extreme cold weather,” she said.
Weather forecasters said the cold wave could stay in most parts of Austria in the coming week.
Alexander Orlik from Vienna’s weather forecast office said the cold wave would likely continue in the next 5 to 7 days and the temperature could drop to minus 30 degrees.
Orlik explained that enormous cold and freezing weather takes place every 5 to 10 years. Austria experienced the same cold wave in 2006, 1996 and 1985.
Meanwhile, some Filipina nurses advised fellow Pinoys to stay warm and, of course, not to go out alone.
“When a weak person falls outside, this could be fatal if the person is injured and unable to move,” said Pinay nurse Volet Gerstl.
Reports said an 83-year-old woman died in Styria, Austria this week after she fell while taking a walk in the middle of the afternoon. The pensioner was discovered dead by police less than four hours after she had ventured out for the walk.
In Romania, 6 homeless people have died of hypothermia as temperatures plunged to -32.5C, the health ministry reported. Hundreds of others were sent to shelters.
In Poland, 20 people have also died of hypothermia. In Hungary, several schools have suspended classes. According to reports, some of these schools could not afford the high heating bills.
Temperatures fell to -21 degrees in Moscow but only one person was reported to have died as a result of the cold.
Ukraine reported 43 deaths, mostly homeless people. More than 720 others were hospitalized with hypothermia and frostbite.