– India – More deaths caused by the cold (Ice Age Now, Jan 3, 2014):
Cold continues unabated in Rajasthan.
31 Dec 2013 Dhaka (AsiaNews) – With the arrival of the first cold snap, at least 15 children have died in the northern districts of Bangladesh. The hospital director of Rongpur, Rezaul Karim, confirms the emergency: ” Over the past five days we have registered more than 100 hospitalizations, all children with pneumonia.” The victims are under two years of age.
Another 50 children were admitted to the Kurigram Sadar Hospital. One of the management Nazrul Islam, fears that the number could increase in the coming days : ” It’s too cold .” Yesterday a temperature of -11 degrees Celsius was registered in the district, while today it has risen to -9 . Unfortunately, forecasts are for a further worsening in the next week .
New Age correspondents in Khulna reported four elderly people died in Morrelgonj upazila unable to bear the biting cold.
Another beggar was found dead outside Masjid, taking the death toll due to cold to three even as the biting cold wave continued unabated on the third day in Rajasthan.
Rajasthan continued to reel under extreme cold conditions on Friday. The minimum temperature of 2.5 degree Celsius below the freezing point was recorded in Churu district. The weather department said the cold wave is likely to prevail for the next 48 hours with fog in some areas of the state.
Meanwhile, the state government has erected make-shift tents, “rain baseras” (night shelters) for the pavement dwellers.
The cold wave tightened its grip on Uttar Pradesh, with three deaths, including of two children being reported from Barabanki district.
Thanks to Argiris Diamantis in the Netherlands for these links
“Here on Dutch television the snowstorms and heavy snowfall in Boston and New York are mentioned in the news,” says Argiris, “but not a word about the cold wave in India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Vietnam.”