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Cold claims over 50 victims nationwide

TAIPEI -- A widespread cold spell had taken a toll of at least 52 lives in Taiwan as of Sunday afternoon, including 16 deaths reported in Kaohsiung in Southern Taiwan.

A total of 16 people were rushed to hospitals in the city since Jan. 22, all of whom showed no signs of life upon arrival, officials of the Fire Bureau of the Kaohsiung city government said Sunday.

The 16 deaths were mostly caused by the onset of cardiovascular diseases as the mercury dipped suddenly, the officials said, noting that the victims were aged between 65 and 93.

Since Saturday, 36 deaths had been reported in Taipei, New Taipei and Taoyuan in Northern Taiwan. The relevant authorities attributed the deaths to hypothermia or cardiovascular diseases as the temperature fell to 4 degrees Celsius in most parts of Northern Taiwan Sunday.

Twenty-one of the deaths were reported in Taipei, 10 in New Taipei and five in Taoyuan.

Meanwhile, three deaths probably linked to the chilly temperatures were reported in the southern county of Pingtung Sunday, according to data from the county's Bureau of Fire and Emergency Services.

The three died soon after they were rushed to local hospitals Sunday, the bureau said, noting that it was unconfirmed whether the deaths were caused by the low temperatures.

The three fatalities brought to six the number of deaths in the southern county that were suspected of being caused by the cold weather.

Paramedics said people should call 119 for help immediately if they feel any discomfort, and should not drive themselves to the hospital.

January 25, 2016    chiensheng.tsai@
52 die in during cold weather in Taiwan; 19 die in USA during massive storm. Why so many deaths in Taiwan? Something is wrong.
January 25, 2016    BossWang007@
"Global Warming."
January 26, 2016    chiensheng.tsai@
Update: 29 die in US--10 more in aftermath, to originally reported 19.

But still disproportionate.

What is Tsai administration going to do about this?
January 26, 2016    poeboy418@
chiensheng.tsai@ wrote:
52 die in during cold weather in Taiwan; 19 die in USA during massive storm. Why so many deaths in Taiwan? Something is wrong.
Either 1 of 2 reasons: People don't know how to properly dress for the cold weather Taiwan is experiencing or these are people who have some type of existing medical problem and the cold magnifies these problems. It is sad that so many people have lost their lives due to the weather there.
February 2, 2016    ludahai_twn@
chiensheng.tsai@ wrote:
52 die in during cold weather in Taiwan; 19 die in USA during massive storm. Why so many deaths in Taiwan? Something is wrong.
Most Taiwanese do not have central heating in their homes.
February 5, 2016    taichungrover@
I have heard the Norwegians have a saying that goes something like "there is no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothing choices". Maybe the government needs to educate people about how to dress for cold weather?
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