Brrrr… Pakistan Suffers Lowest Temps in 70 Years– 260 Dead
A record cold spell has killed 260 people across southern Asia.
A woman with her child, covered with plastic bags, sells flowers to motorists during a rainy cold spell in Dhaka, January 26,2008. (REUTERS/Rafiqur Rahman)
Pakistan has recorded their lowest winter temperatures in 70 years.
The Indian Express reported:
At least 260 people have died across South Asia in the current cold wave.
Bangladesh, with 134 deaths, is the worst affected. The northern Dinajpur and Rangpur regions, close to the Himalayan foothills, are facing the coldest winter in recent years.
In Nepal, the toll is nearly 50, with the temperatures well below the normal mid-20s for this time of the year.
Parts of Pakistan, where at least 16 people have died, have recorded their lowest temperatures in more than 70 years. Temperatures have fallen as low as minus 14 degrees in northern areas. In India, the toll has crossed 60.
Millions of Chinese began the New Year on Wednesday without power after more than a week of fierce winter weather, making it China’s coldest winter in 100 years. Scores have died in snow-related accidents in the run-up to the Lunar New Year break, one of the greatest annual migrations of humanity. Whole cities have had their power and water cut off for more than a week.
A woman walks along a snow-covered path in Neelum Valley, some 80 km (50 miles) from Muzaffarabad, the capital of Pakistan-administered Kashmir January 15, 2008. (REUTERS/Amiruddin Mughal)
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