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article imageHarsh winter kills more than 100 people in India

By Ernest Dempsey     Dec 26, 2011 in World
Delhi - Severe winter weather has claimed more than 100 lives in northern areas of India while fog blankets a number of places in the region.
According to Daily Bhaskar, harsh winter weather has resulted in 114 fatalities in the northern parts of India.
Among the most recent victims of winter, 13 are in the state of Uttar Pradesh while two are in Punjab and one in Haryana; 8 people have died in West Bengal where the cold wave continues to move. Along with low temperatures, several areas are covered in dense fog, though the Indian capital Delhi and other cold places do witness some sunshine in morning.
On Dec. 18, the number of dead resulting from severe cold in India stood at 26, as reported the Malaysian national News Agency Bernama.
The state of Uttar Pradesh was said to be the worst affected by the recent cold wave and most of the deaths have been reported in this state were as a result of lower temperatures of about 7 degrees below freezing.
In Ladakh’s mountainous terrain, temperature fell to -9 degrees. Schools closed early in a number of intensely cold places, including Kashmir, and heavy snowfall has severely restricted the public’s movement and transportation.
Earlier this month, BBC News published a story on orders issued by India’s Supreme Court for provision of night shelters for the homeless population who are vulnerable to inclement winter.
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