New Delhi: Six people died as chilly winds
and freezing temperatures continued to sweep North India even
as a blanket of thick fog over Delhi disrupted flight
schedules on Sunday.
Four persons, including a new-born baby, lost their lives
due to severe cold conditions in Uttar Pradesh`s Muzaffarnagar
district, while an elderly person died of chilling temperature
in Jammu and Kashmir`s Jammu district.
The winter chill also claimed its first victim in the
national capital with an unidentified man being found dead
near a Metro pillar in west Delhi.
A blanket of thick fog enveloped the busy Indira Gandhi
International Airport in Delhi with visibility dropping to
near zero and leading to delays, diversions and cancellation
of 80 domestic and international flights.
While 38 flights were cancelled, as many as 42, including
14 international flights, were diverted to Mumbai, Ahmedabad,
Jaipur, Lucknow and Hyderabad.
The airport was closed for nearly two hours as visibility
fell below 100 metres.
It was the coldest day of this season in the national
capital with the maximum dropping to 18.8 degree Celsius while
the minimum was recorded at 7 deg C.
Leh in frontier region of Ladakh continued to be the
coldest place in Jammu and Kashmir with the chill showing no
signs of relenting despite a slight improvement in minimum
Leh recorded minus 12.6 deg C as against minus 16.4 deg C
the previous night. Kargil was the second coldest place in the
state with a low of minus 10.2 deg C as against minus 11.6 deg
Kashmir valley also witnessed a slight rise in mercury
due to the cloud cover which returned after a couple of days
Srinagar recorded a low of minus 2.1 deg C, one notch
higher than yesterday`s minus 3.1 deg C.
Pahalgam hill resort in south Kashmir recorded minus 4.2
deg C as against yesterday`s 2.8 deg C.
The famous ski resort of Gulmarg in north Kashmir, which
recorded a minus 7.0 deg C the previous night, registered a
minimum of minus 5.8 deg C, making it the coldest place in the
Normal life was disrupted in Punjab, Haryana and
Chandigarh as severe cold waves swept the region.
Narnaul in Haryana reeled at 1 deg C, while it was 2.3
deg C in Ambala.
Chandigarh recorded a minimum of 5.4 deg C.
In Punjab, Amritsar recorded 4.1 deg C, while it was 4.6
deg C in Ludhiana.
Rajasthan also continued to remain in the grip of biting
cold with Churu recording the lowest temperature of 2.3 deg C
in the state.