As Asian countries hit by extreme cold snap, here’s what life is like at -53C

Residents describe life in a city where frostbite sets in within minutes, eggs freeze in seconds and the walls are all covered in vertical snow

Stuti Mishra
Wednesday 25 January 2023 09:44 GMT
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An intense cold spell is gripping east Asia, with temperatures plunging and hazardous conditions reported across China, the Koreas and Japan.

On Monday one of China’s northern-most cities broke its lowest ever recorded temperature, with the mercury hitting -53C at 7am on the first day of the Lunar New Year in Mohe, Heilongjiang province.

Japan and the Korean peninsula have also issued warnings over freezing temperatures and gales that have killed at least one person, while at least 57 people have been reported dead in Afghanistan as the wintry conditions stretch across into central Asia.

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