Taiwan is having yet another rough winter with 154 people being killed by the cold in a mere 4 days.
The cold spell which hit the island last Thursday has mostly killed the elderly and the sick as temperatures dropped down to a fairly chilly 6.7 degrees Celsius in Taipei. Taiwanese officials have blamed the colder than usual weather for heart attacks, strokes and the deaths of elderly residents with influenza and other illnesses.
It seems that the Taiwanese government didn’t learn much from last January’s cold spell which ended up killing 85 people with temperatures in Taipei plunging down to 4 degrees Celsius — some of the coldest weather in living memory.
Typically, the weather in Taipei around this time is a much more comfortable 16 degrees Celsius. Many homes lack central heating, meaning that relatively minor cold spells can become a death sentence for dozens of elderly residents.
Fortunately, temperatures returned to normal on Monday and are expected to continue climbing throughout the week.
[Images via Oriental Daily / taiwan.cn]
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