• India's Supreme Court has ordered states to provide adequate night shelters for the homeless during the coming winter.

  • "You should not allow even a single person to die this winter from the freezing cold," the judges said.

  • Indian-administered Kashmir, Haryana, Punjab and Uttar Pradesh states usually experience severe cold snaps.

  • The capital Delhi is also affected, with one 2008 estimate saying 150,000 sleep rough in the freezing cold.