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Asia gripped by big chill creating house fires from heating equipment and open fires

Asia gripped by big chill

A big chill is sweeping across North and South Asia and even parts of Southeast Asia.

From India to Japan, the mercury is plummeting, in some places to its lowest in decades. Hong Kong has the lowest temperatures in six decades.

The deep chill prompted hundreds of firefighters to rescue stranded hikers, with more than 80 people injured and suffering from hypothermia.

Throughout China, crews worked to clear snow-covered roads with many homes left without power. In Chongqing, authorities worked to clear a backlog of 4,000 travelers stranded at the regional airport.

Meteorologists said temperatures were rising again in the north, but warned the south could still see bone-chilling cold conditions.

In Taiwan, 85 had died as of Sunday evening as a result of the freezing conditions, including 35 deaths in Taoyuan in the island’s north, local media reported.

Most of the casualties were the result of hypothermia from the rapidly dropping temperatures, the Taoyuan City Fire Department said.

India, South Korea, Thailand and Japan are also suffering from cold weather conditions.

 

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