January 1, 2010
[efoods]New Delhi – At least 17 people died as towns and cities in India’s northern states were hit by cold weather, officials said on Friday.
“Sixteen people have died in Uttar Pradesh since early Wednesday due to cold [weather] conditions in the state. Most victims were homeless or pavement dwellers,” state police spokesman G N Khanna said.
Police in Jammu, the winter capital of India-administered Kashmir, found the body of a worker who also died due to the cold.
Temperatures have plummeted in Uttar Pradesh and main cities such as Kanpur and Agra recorded temperatures as low as 1 to 4 degrees Celsius.