30 die due to cold wave in UP; foggy conditions persist
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Last Updated: Sunday, January 03, 2010, 18:48
New Delhi: Over 30 people died in Uttar Pradesh due to cold wave as foggy conditions prevailed for the second successive day on Sunday in many parts of the northern region with some states also experiencing light showers.

As many as 33 people died due to intense cold conditions in UP since last night taking the death toll to 74 in the state this winter.

While six persons died in Mirzapur, five deaths were each reported from Ballia and Banda, four from Kanpur dehat, three from Muzaffarnagar, two each from Sonbhadra, Hamirpur, Fatehpur and Chandauli, and one each from Farukkhabad and Unnao, official sources said.

Meanwhile, a day after dense fog engulfed the region and caused power blackouts, flight and train disruptions, states like Delhi, Punjab, Haryana and some parts of Jammu and Kashmir recorded a slight rise in night temperature.

In the national capital, visibility improved and flight operations remained normal due to a clear sky. Yesterday the visibility reduced to season's lowest of 50 metres. However, train services continued to be disrupted.

The city experienced drizzle in the morning but recorded a low of 9.5 degrees Celsius against yesterday's minimum of 8.4 degrees. However, foggy conditions are likely to continue.

Meanwhile, white flakes covered several parts of Kashmir valley today, the second snowfall this season. Earlier the valley experienced a snowfall on the second week of November.

In Punjab and Haryana, cold wave abated slightly but a thick blanket of fog continued to affect normal life. Light showers drenched places like Chandigarh, Hisar, Karnal, Rohtak, Ludhiana and Patiala. Amritsar in Punjab continued to freeze, recording a low of 0.8 degrees.

Fog continued to engulf the region throwing normal life out of gear. All incoming and outgoing flights from Chandigarh were cancelled due to bad weather conditions. Train services were also affected due to poor visibility.

Meanwhile mercury rose by a few notches in certain parts of the region. The low in Chandigarh rose to 8.6 degree Celsius, three notches above normal, while that in Ambala settled at 8.3 C, up by two degrees, and Hisar at 10.7 C, six degrees above normal.

In Rajasthan, drizzle drenched many parts including Mount Abu, Barmer, Jalore Pilani, Sikar, Jodhpur, Churu, Bikaner, Churu, Kota, Jaipur, Dabok and Chittorgarh.

Ganganagar was the coldest in the state, recording a low of 5.6 degree Celsius followed by Mount Abu (7 C).

Meanwhile, people in Jammu and Kashmir got some relief from cold conditions as mercury rose slightly in many parts.

Srinagar recorded a low of minus 1.2 C against yesterday's minus 4.8 degrees, Qazigund minus 3.5 C(against -5.5), Pahalgam minus 3.0 C(against -6.9), Kokernag minus 1.7 C (against -2.8) and Kupwara minus 0.4 C(against -4.8).

However, Leh continued to shiver at minus 17.0 C and Kargil minus 10.4 C, the Met office said.

Many high altitude areas like famous hill resorts of Gulmarg, Pahalgam, Sonamarg and Yousmarg received moderate to heavy snowfall. Srinagar and adjoining areas too experienced light to moderate snowfall.

Winter capital Jammu recorded a low of 6.5 degrees today as against 4.5 C yesterday.


First Published: Sunday, January 03, 2010, 18:48

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