Biting cold persists, nation-wide death toll 75
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Last Updated: Tuesday, December 20, 2011, 23:49
  
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 yesterday's 9.2.

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 respectively.

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.

PTI


First Published: Tuesday, December 20, 2011, 23:49


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