The deadly winter is sweeping the European continent for the past several weeks with many countries in the region recording temperatures much lower than the winter averages.

In most of the countries, the poor and the homeless are the badly affected and hundreds of poor people have lost their lives in the cold spell. Public shelter homes are overcrowded in many parts of Europe.

Ukraine is one of the worst hit countries by the cold spell where nearly 135 people are reportedly lost their lives. There are estimated to be more than 14,000 homeless people in Kiev, the capital of Ukraine.

Poland, Russia, Belgium, Switzerland and Italy are also experiencing extreme cold conditions and many deaths are reported from these countries.

Many regions in these countries are isolated with roads being cut off due to the heavy snow fall.

Have a look at how the poor and homeless are braving the brutal winter all across Europe: