Cold snap blamed for up to 85 deaths in Taiwan

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An unusually cold weather front has been blamed for killing up to 85 mostly elderly people in Taiwan.

The semi-official Focus Taiwan news website reported that 85 people had died from the cold, citing fire departments and hospitals.

The cold wave abruptly pushed temperatures to a 16-year record low of 4C (39.2F) in the subtropical capital where most homes lack central heating, causing heart trouble and shortness of breath for many of the Taiwanvictims.

An unusually cold weather front has been blamed for killing up to 85 mostly elderly people in Taiwan.
The semi-official Focus Taiwan news website reported that 85 people had died from the cold, citing fire departments and hospitals.

The cold wave abruptly pushed temperatures to a 16-year record low of 4C (39.2F) in the subtropical capital where most homes lack central heating, causing heart trouble and shortness of breath for many of the victims.

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