US Polar vortex claims 21 lives as cold snap continues

11:23 AM | 1 Feb, 2019
US Polar vortex claims 21 lives as cold snap continues
Chicago - At least 21 people died in the US Midwest as the region shivers in the grip of its worst cold snap in decades.

According to details, at least 9 people in Chicago only were reported to have died from frostbites and cold-related injuries, raising the death toll from a previous 12.

Officials across multiple states linked numerous deaths to the frigid air, as low as minus 49 Celsius paralyzed the US Midwest.

An Iowa student found dead outside a college building is among the victims of the deadly freeze.

Hospitals have been treating patients reporting frostbite as life across a swathe of the nation grinds to a halt.

Ninety million people - a third of the US - have seen temperatures of -17C (0F) or below.

The marsh around Logan Airport in Boston, Massachusetts remains frozen where over 2000 flights were cancelled and delayed due to extreme cold conditions caused by the Polar Vortex over the midwest and northern parts of North America.

Homeless and displaced people were particularly at risk, with Chicago and other cities setting up warming shelters.

According to the National Weather Service, it has been more than 20 years since a similar blast of frigid air covered a swath of the US Midwest and Northeast.

The weather service reported that more than 30 record lows were shattered across the Midwest. Cotton, Minnesota, had the lowest national temperature at minus 48 C on Thursday.

By Saturday, highs will be in the 30s and even low 40s F, while the central Plains will be in the low 60s F, nearly 20 to 25 degrees above normal, the weather service said.

Some 250 million Americans overall have experienced the "polar vortex" conditions, but southern states such as Florida have escaped the brutal chill.

Daily Pakistan Global Web Desk


Pakistani Rupee exchange rate to US Dollar, Euro, Pound, Dirham, and Riyal - 20 May 2024

Pakistani currency rates against US Dollar and other currencies on May 20, 2024 (Monday) in open market.

USD to PKR rate today

US dollar was being quoted at 277.4 for buying and 280.35 for selling.

Euro stands at 297 for buying and 299.5 for selling while British Pound rate is 348.5 for buying, and 352 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED was at 75.25 and Saudi Riyal came down to 73.50.

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 20 May 2024

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 277.4 280.35
Euro EUR 297 299.5
UK Pound Sterling GBP 348.5 352
U.A.E Dirham AED 75.25 76
Saudi Riyal SAR 73.5 74.25
Australian Dollar AUD 181 183
Bahrain Dinar BHD 747.77 755.77
Canadian Dollar CAD 203 205
China Yuan CNY 38.49 38.89
Danish Krone DKK 40.25 40.65
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.96 36.31
Indian Rupee INR 3.33 3.44
Japanese Yen JPY 1.91 1.99
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 913.28 922.28
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.69 59.29
New Zealand Dollar NZD 169.45 171.45
Norwegian Krone NOK 25.67 25.97
Omani Riyal OMR 730.59 738.59
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.41 77.11
Singapore Dollar SGD 203 205
Swedish Korona SEK 25.67 25.97
Swiss Franc CHF 309.01 311.51
Thai Baht THB 7.57 7.72


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