Dozens dead and thousands stranded as cold snap hits East Asia



    Dozens dead and thousands stranded as cold snap hits East Asia

    Jan 25, Seoul: More than 50 people have been died Taiwan and at least 60,000 tourists stranded in South Korea due to cold snap which sweeping across East Asia.

    Taiwanese media reported a rash of deaths from hypothermia and cardiac disease following a sudden drop in temperature over the weekend.

    Meanwhile heavy snow forced the closure of the airport on the Korean holiday island of Jeju, cancelling flights, local media reports said. The cold spell has also hit Hong Kong, southern China and Japan.

    Many of those who died in Taiwan were elderly people living in northern regions such as Taipei and Taoyuan. The north saw an unusually low temperature of 4C (39F) on Sunday.

    Authorities have warned people, especially senior citizens, to keep warm and stay out of the cold.

    The Oslo Times

     
     

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