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Extremely low temperatures have claimed six lives in Serbia, prompting local authorities to declare a state of emergency in 11 municipalities in the country's south where temperatures of minus 27 degrees Celsius have been reported lately.

Snow drifts in some areas are more than four metres high and road maintenance vehicles have been on the ground constantly to make passage to some villages possible.

The situation is the most difficult in the southeast of the country and some parts of western Serbia, where a state of emergency has been in force for five days.

Several dozen villages on the Pester plateau have been blocked and at least 130 people have been evacuated from the area.

Vlasina Lake in the southeast of the country, which is home to 21 fish species, has frozen over.

Low temperatures and snow were also impeding traffic in the capital city of Belgrade today.

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