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Heavy snowfall in Romania, Bulgaria, and Moldova leaves 1 person dead and many without electricity

A car is left on the road near town of Dobrich, Bulgaria, Sunday, Nov. 19 2023. Gale-force winds and heavy rain and snow hit large parts of Bulgaria claiming the lives of two people and causing severe damages and disrupting power supply in towns and villages, officials said on Sunday. (Bulgarian News Agency via AP) A car is left on the road near town of Dobrich, Bulgaria, Sunday, Nov. 19 2023. Gale-force winds and heavy rain and snow hit large parts of Bulgaria claiming the lives of two people and causing severe damages and disrupting power supply in towns and villages, officials said on Sunday. (Bulgarian News Agency via AP)
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BUCHAREST, Romania -

Heavy snowfall and strong blizzards in Romania and Moldova on Sunday left one person dead and hundreds of localities without electricity, as well as forcing the closure of some national roads, authorities said.

A 40-year-old man in Moldova died on Sunday after the vehicle he was in skidded off the road and crashed into a tree, Moldova's national police said, adding that six road accidents had been reported by about midday.

"We repeatedly appeal to drivers not to hit the road with unequipped cars and to drive at low speed," Moldovan police said in a statement posted on Telegram, and warned against driving "without an urgent need."

In Romania, red weather warnings were issued in the eastern counties of Constanta, Tulcea, Galati, and Braila where winds were forecast to reach as high as 100 kph (62 mph), the National Meteorological Administration said.

Romania's Minister of Energy Sebastian Burduja told The Associated Press on Sunday that more than 400 localities had suffered electrical outages.

Emergency authorities said that both national and local roads in the four counties were closed on Sunday. Officials in the counties of Constanta and Braila reported that at least 69 localities had been left without electricity but that teams had been deployed to fix the outages. Other, less severe weather warnings were also issued to other parts of Romania.

In neighboring Bulgaria, powerful winter storms also brought heavy snowfall and prompted the government to declare a state of emergency on Sunday in large parts of the country. More than 1,000 settlements, mostly in Bulgaria's northeast, were left without electricity on Sunday, according to Prime Minister Nikolay Denkov.

Two people in Bulgaria had died in traffic accidents and 36 were left injured during the stormy weather in the last 24 hours. Strong winds also closed roads, caused traffic accidents and travel delays, and downed trees and power lines, Denkov said.

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