UK’s coldest spring since 1963 claims 5,000 lives: Pensioners worst affected – and experts say final toll could be ‘horrendous’
- 2,000 extra deaths registered in just the first two weeks of March
- And for February, 3,057 extra deaths registered in England and Wales
- Campaigners warn weather could prove deadly for thousands more
- Power cuts and travel disruption expected to continue today
- Up to an inch of snow fallen across parts of England and Scotland overnight
Freezing Britain’s unusually harsh winter could have cost thousands of pensioners their lives.
This month is on track to be the coldest March for 50 years – and as the bitter Arctic conditions caused blackouts and traffic chaos yesterday, experts warned of an ‘horrendous’ death toll among the elderly.
About 2,000 extra deaths were registered in just the first two weeks of March compared with the average for the same period over the past five years.
Meanwhile, power cuts and travel disruption will continue to blight Britain today, as more snow falls across the country on another bitterly cold day.