Dozens of deaths blamed on rare cold snap in Taiwan

TAIPEI, 25th January 2016 (WAM) --- An unusually cold weather front has been blamed for killing 85 mostly elderly people in Taiwan's greater Taipei area, the DPA news agency said Monday.

Many of the deaths were reportedly caused by hypothermia or cardiac problems triggered by the sudden onset of cold weather, the state-run Central News Agency reported, quoting fire safety authorities.

Taipei City reached 4 degrees Celsius on Sunday, the lowest temperature recorded in 44 years, the country's Central Weather Bureau reported.

All but one of the weather bureau's monitoring stations showed record-low temperatures over the weekend, it said Monday.


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