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26 May 2024

Cold wave claims more than 40 in India

Authorities are spending Rs100m on blankets and firewood. (AP)


More than 40 people died in a cold snap gripping northern India, which prompted authorities to shut thousands of schools and dole out firewood, officials said yesterday.

India's most populous state, Uttar Pradesh, has recorded 30 cold-related deaths since Saturday, police spokesman Soren Srivastava said in the state capital Lucknow.

Uttar Pradesh chief bureaucrat Arun Kumar Gupta said all schools and colleges were shut for four days until Thursday as a precaution.

Gupta said state authorities yesterday also decided to spend Rs100 million (Dh7.96m) to hand out free blankets and much-needed firewood to the needy in freezing Uttar Pradesh, which borders Nepal.

He said most of the victims were homeless people.


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