New Delhi: Biting cold and foggy conditions
claimed 22 more lives taking the country-wide death toll this
winter to 75 on Tuesday as authorities shut schools in Bihar and
Ghaziabad in Uttar Pradesh owing to unabated chill.
Fifteen more succumbed to the cold in Uttar Pradesh
while seven died in road accidents in Bihar which occurred due
to poor visibility spawned by dense fog.
Jharkhand Disaster Management Minister Gopalkrishna Patar
said in Ranchi that the cold and harsh weather had so far
cliamed 14 lives in the state.
Uttar Pradesh accounted for a maximum of 45 fatalities,
Jharkhand 14, Punjab nine and Bihar seven, officials in
respective state capitals said.
The national capital experienced a shallow fog and cold
morning with the minimum temperature plummeting to less than
five degrees Celsius.
The minimum was recorded at 4.8 deg C, more than three
degrees below normal, the weather office said.
This is the second time in the last four days that the
minimum in Delhi has dipped below five deg C.
Authorities ordered closure of all private and government
primary and middle schools till December 22 in Ghaziabad due
to unabated cold wave.
In Bihar also, schools were shut till December 25 as cold
and foggy conditions persisted for the fifth consecutive day.
Capital Patna recorded a low of of 8.3 deg C against
Parts of Kashmir Valley, including tourist resorts of
Gulmarg and Pahalgam, received fresh snowfall as minimum
temperatures across the Valley rose by a few notches.
However, Gulmarg shivered at minus 7.4 deg C. In summer
capital Srinagar, the minimum rose by 3.1 deg to settle at
minus 0.3 degrees.
Mercury also rose by a few notches in Punjab and Haryana
with the minimum in Hisar settling at 8 deg C, up by a
degree above normal, Met office said.
Ambala and Chandigarh had lows of 6 deg C and 7.2 deg C
Amritsar had a low of 7.4 deg C, three notches above
normal. Maximum temperatures in both states hovered at around
20 deg C.
Rajasthan continued to reel under cold conditions
with Sriganganagar recording a minimum of 4.8 deg C followed
by Vanasthali 5.3 deg C.
Jharkhand witnessed foggy conditions which disrupted
normal life at many places in the state.
Ranchi registered a minimum of 7 deg C while the maximum
touched 23.4 deg C, the MeT office said.