India cold snap claims 13 more lives

At least 13 homeless people have died in near-freezing temperatures and Himalayan winds in northern India, police said today.

At least 13 homeless people have died in near-freezing temperatures and Himalayan winds in northern India, police said today.

The deaths bring the total of victims of the severe cold spell to 129.

Temperatures dipped below 1C in parts of Uttar Pradesh this week, and plunged to 0.6C in Agra, the city where the Taj Mahal is located.

Thirteen people died in Uttar Pradesh overnight despite welfare authorities distributing blankets and firewood, said police spokesman Surendra Srivastava.

At least 26 other people have died in neighbouring Bihar and Jharkhand states and in the capital, New Delhi, during the three-week long cold snap.

Poor visibility also disrupted rail schedules across northern India, stranding thousands of people.

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