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 Tuesday, 31 December, 2002, 16:05 GMT
Cold snap hits Bangladesh
Homeless Bangladeshis gather around a small fire in search of warmth in Dhaka
Many people lack shelter and are ill-prepared for cold
Bangladesh weather officials say an unseasonal cold spell being blamed for numerous deaths in the country's north is set to continue.

Chilly winds from the Himalayas have sent normally tropical temperatures as low as 8C.

Newspapers say more than 100 people have died as a result.

Man wrapped up travelling on a rickshaw in Dhaka
The cold is also being felt in the capital
Government officials point out that many deaths may have been caused by old age or illness.

The authorities have begun taking steps to send help to those in need.

In Nator, a town to the north-west of the capital, Dhaka, officials have begun a drive to distribute warm clothes to the poor.

A special motorcade is going from house to house collecting garments.

The prime minister's office has also sent blankets and other warm items to areas in the north.

Shelter

Northern areas have had cold weather since the weekend.

Meteorologists expect the harsh conditions to continue for another couple of days before improving.

But they say more cold weather is likely in the New Year.

Residents in Rangpur district, in the very north of Bangladesh, are among the hardest hit.

But the lowest temperature recorded so far this winter was 8.6C in the north-eastern tea-growing area of Sylhet.

Temperatures in northern Bangladesh at this time of year are normally double that.

Many people are ill-prepared for sudden periods of cold weather, and lack adequate shelter.

Most of the casualties live either in shanty towns or are homeless.

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