33 dead in Indian cold snap

January 4, 2010 12:00 am

, NEW DELHI, Jan 4 – At least 33 people died over the weekend in a biting cold snap sweeping across northern India, a report said Monday, as scores of aeroplanes and trains were hit by poor weather.

All the fatalities occurred in Uttar Pradesh state with most of the victims freezing to death, the Press Trust of India news agency reported.

Some television channels reported a nationwide death toll of more than 100.

Authorities in New Delhi set up tented accommodation for the homeless as rains made their conditions worse.

Airline and railway schedules were severely affected due to heavy fog blanketing north India, with poor visibility causing three train accidents that claimed 10 lives and forcing scores of flights to be diverted or cancelled.


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