Jan 25, 2016

Deaths in Japan and Taiwan as record cold snap hits east Asia

Hangzhou, Zhejiang
Taipei, Taipei City
Guangzhou, Guangdong
China,
Taiwan
by
Oliver Holmes
,
The Guardian
A woman photographs the scene at Hangzhou, in eastern China’s Zhejiang province. In Inner Mongolia, the temperature fell to a record low of -46.8C (-52F). Photo: AFP, Getty
A woman photographs the scene at Hangzhou, in eastern China’s Zhejiang province. In Inner Mongolia, the temperature fell to a record low of -46.8C (-52F). Photo: AFP, Getty

At least 95 people die as record-low temperatures in region bring snow and ice cause flight cancellations and leave thousands stranded.

Snow, sleet and icy winds across east Asia have caused deaths, flight cancellations and chaos as the region struggles with record-low temperatures due to an Arctic cold snap that brought snow to several tropical areas for the first time in many people’s lifetimes.

The cold was caused by a polar vortex, a large cyclone that pushed south from Siberia and unusual meteorological occurrence for east Asia