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One climber dead during cold spell across Greece

(Xinhua)

08:41, January 09, 2012

ATHENS, Jan. 8 (Xinhua) -- The cold weather in Greece caused the death of one climber and some material damage, as the country was gripped by a cold front this weekend, local authorities and media said on Sunday.

Rescue teams retrieved the body of a young Greek mountaineer who went missing when the group of alpinists climbing the northern mainland mountain Beles was caught in a snow storm. His death was attributed to hypothermia as temperatures plunged to near zero degree Celsius.

A large part of northern Greece has been hit over the past few hours by heavy snow fall that has affected travelers in national highways, while authorities are on alert over possible floods at the country's border with Bulgaria due to torrential rains.

Strong winds registering up to nine on the Beufort scale blowing in the Aegean Sea and the Ionian Sea partially disrupted sea travel and caused material damage to dozens of sailing ships and cars parked at certain ports.

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