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11 die as cold wave grips Indian capital

Updated: 2014-01-19 12:45
( Xinhua)

NEW DELHI - At least 11 people have died in the last 24 hours due to intense cold wave in the Indian capital Delhi, a senior official said Sunday.

"The death toll is 11, with all the victims succumbing to extreme cold conditions in the national capital. We have ordered a probe into the deaths," he said on condition of anonymity.

The victims were all homeless people, the official added.

The anti-graft Aam Aadmi Party had promised night shelters for all homeless people, after forming the government in the Indian capital barely a month ago.

Cold wave and fog are common in northern India, particularly during the winter months of December and January.

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