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India cold snap claims more lives

At least 13 homeless people have died in near-freezing temperatures and Himalayan winds in northern India.

The deaths bring the total of victims of the severe cold spell to 129.

Temperatures have dipped below 1C (33.8F) in parts of Uttar Pradesh and plunged to 0.6C (33.1F) in Agra, the city where the Taj Mahal is located.

Thirteen people have died in Uttar Pradesh despite welfare authorities distributing blankets and firewood, said police spokesman Surendra Srivastava.

At least 26 other people have died in neighbouring Bihar and Jharkhand states and in the capital, New Delhi, during the three-week long cold snap.

Poor visibility also disrupted rail schedules across northern India, stranding thousands of people.

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