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Cold snap causing rise in hypothermia, frostbite Updated: 2018-01-12 18:03:36 KST

Amid an extended cold snap, Korea is seeing a rising number of people going to the hospital for emergencies caused by exposure to the cold.
According to the Centers for Disease Control, around 260 people have been diagnosed with cold-related conditions like frostbite and hypothermia this winter through January 11th.
The figure is up 55 percent from the same period last year.

"There are two main kinds of cold-related illnesses. One is hypothermia and the other, frostbite. 80 percent of the people diagnosed had hypothermia. And as of Thursday, we had recorded seven deaths."

Hypothermia occurs when body temperature drops below 35 degrees Celsius and does not return to normal.
Those affected by hypothermia and frostbite have mostly been over the age of 65.

The recent extreme cold in Korea and other some other countries is said to be from the North Pole.

"As the jet stream weakened, cold air was able to escape from the Arctic and it's trapped now at lower latitudes."

Southern Korea has been the worst-hit by freezing temperatures and strong winds.
Some water pipes and sprinklers in Busan froze and burst.
Authorities especially called on the residents of Jeollanam-do Province and Jeju Island to be careful since many streets and roads are still covered in ice.
In Gangwon-do Province, where dry weather advisories are in effect, the authorities have called on residents to be careful with any potential source of fire.

"Seoul's Hangang River is also frozen, and authorities are urging the public to avoid the risk of cold-related illnesses and conditions by dressing up warmly and keeping hydrated.
Cha Sang-mi, Arirang News."
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