Situation ‘tragic’ as winter weather blankets Europe
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By the CNN Wire Staff
February 6, 2012 -- Updated 0049 GMT (0849 HKT)
 
London (CNN) -- Heavy snow left several Italian villages paralyzed and without power as winter weather and cold temperatures spread across Europe, the mayor of one village said.
Many of the 32 villages in the Aniene Valley, near Rome, lost electricity on Friday when an electric pylon fell because of the snow, said Piero Moscardini, mayor of Vallinfreda.
The valley, home to about 50,000 people, has received some 100 cm (39 inches) of snow, Moscardini said.
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