Belfast Telegraph

Friday 1 August 2014

Dozens killed in India cold snap

Children huddle close to a fire during a cold winter morning in Gurgaon, India (AP)
Children warm their hands close to a fire during a cold winter morning in Gurgaon, India (AP)
Women wrap themselves in shawls as they walk in dense fog in Jammu, India (AP)

Near-freezing temperatures and icy Himalayan winds have killed dozens of people in northern India.

In the worst-hit Uttar Pradesh state, five people died from the cold overnight, pushing the number of deaths there to 41.

Uttar Pradesh is one of India's poorest states and nearly a fifth of its 180 million people are homeless.

In New Delhi, at least 10 homeless people have died from the cold weather over the past two weeks despite a drive by police and welfare officials to persuade people living on the streets to sleep in 80 city-run shelters.

All schools in New Delhi have been ordered to close for a week because of the intense cold in the capital.

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