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Cold Wave Threatens Health of Millions in South Asia


Health officials in South Asia say a rare wave of frigid weather has killed more than 200 people, and cold conditions and dense fog continue to threaten millions throughout the region.

Most of the victims are homeless people who have perished in the freezing conditions. Local authorities in India have set bonfires in public places for the homeless to try to keep warm.

In Pakistan, many in the country's earthquake-battered regions are battling cold-related illnesses amid a severe housing shortage.

Casualties have also been reported in Nepal and northern Bangladesh.

The weather has created dense fog in parts of the region, disrupting road, rail and air traffic.

In Bangladesh, officials are worried about safety as millions journey home in the fog -- many in overcrowded ferries and buses -- for the holiday of Eid Al-Adha.

Zahurul Alam has more on the situation in Bangladesh.

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