As of Monday morning, the death toll resulting from this weekend’s unusually brutal cold spell has climbed to at least 85 in Taiwan.
Focus Taiwan reports that 35 deaths have been reported in Taoyuan, in northern Taiwan, with 28 cardiac arrests occurring on Friday and Saturday, and another 7 on Sunday, according to the city’s Fire Department.
This is on top of the 16 deaths in Kaohsiung occurring on January 22, of victims between 65 to 93 years of age.
Since Saturday there have been 21 deaths in Taipei and 10 in north Taiwan’s New Taipei.
A total of 6 deaths have also been reported in the southern county of Pingtung, according to the city’s Bureau of Fire and Emergency Services, but it’s unconfirmed whether these deaths too were caused by the cold spell.
The island is experiencing its coldest weather in living memory with temperatures across northern Taiwan falling to 4 degrees Celsius on Sunday.
Paramedics urge people affected to call 119 for medical assistance, but have warned patients not to drive themselves to the hospital.
Check out the unusually heavy snowfall in Taiwan here:
UNBELIEVABLE: Snowfall in Taiwan, from Yangmingshan in suburban Taipei to Pingtung county in the south, wowed residents across the island and led them to flock to the rare sightings by the tens of thousands on Sunday. At major scenic spots and mountain resorts across the island, excitement was palpable as people came to take in the scenery, snap pictures and engage in snowball fights. Many of them have never seen snow in their lives.Taipingshan, located in an area between New Taipei and Yilan, saw a snowfall of some 20cm, as did Lalashan in Taoyuan.In Taipei, the temperature fell to 4°C, the lowest level ever detected in the city in 44 years, and may drop further to 3°C early today.The death toll from the cold snap has gone up to 52, according to the Central News Agency. 36 people died in Taipei, New Taipei and Taoyuan, and a further 16 in Kaohsiung, mostly from hypothermia and the onset of cardiovascular diseases.READ MORE: http://shst.me/d1r
Posted by Shanghaiist on Sunday, January 24, 2016