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Cold spell over South Asia
AFAR
1/21/2003



An unusually cold spell has cast over South Asia, bringing the number of deaths over 1,800. In some areas, temperatures have dipped below freezing, marking these four weeks as the coldest winter in at least the last six years.

Many shelters have waived fees to accommodate the homeless. Train and air services in Norhern India have been disrupted due to the dense fog that has reduced visibility to almost zero. Some Indian states have extended the closure of schools and colleges to the end of January.

Weather officials forecasted the cold wave to continue for a few more days but reassured that warmer temperatures were ahead.

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