Intense cold grips northern region; 12 more die

Last Updated: Thursday, January 6, 2011 - 22:26

New Delhi: Eleven more people died in Uttar
Pradesh as the intense cold wave sweeping north India
maintained its firm grip over the region Thursday with Kargil
town in Jammu and Kashmir freezing at minus 16.4 degrees
Celsius.

The body of a middle-aged man was found in Reasi in
Jammu and Kashmir and officials said he died due to extreme
cold conditions.

People in the national capital continued to shiver at
below normal temperatures with the weatherman predicting no
respite in the coming days. The maximum hovered around 14.5
deg C, a good six degrees below normal while the minimum
inched up to 5.3, a notch higher than yesterday`s 4.2 deg C.

With the fresh deaths, the toll due to cold conditions
in Uttar Pradesh has reached 58 this winter.

While four persons each died in Deoria and Barabanki
districts, two deaths were reported from Pratapgarh and one
from Jaunpur since yesterday, official sources said.

The state capital Lucknow, which witnessed a heavy fog
cover, recorded a minimum temperature of 4.8 degrees Celsius,
which was two degrees below normal and a maximum of 12 deg C,
11 notches below normal.

Agra was the coldest place in the state which recorded a
minimum of 0.6 deg C, six degrees below normal.

In Jammu and Kashmir, the minimum temperatures in Leh
and Kargil were recorded at minus 16.2 and minus 16.4 deg C
respectively, while Kashmir division continued to reel under
the intense cold wave, the Met office said.

The night temperature in the summer capital Srinagar
continued to stay two degrees below normal for this time of
the year, settling at minus 5.0 degrees Celsius.

Qazigund, the gateway town to Kashmir, was the coldest
place in the Valley, recording a minimum of minus 9.8 deg C.

Following the intense cold, parts of world famous Dal
Lake and other water bodies in the Valley remain frozen,
providing a rare experience for the tourists but bringing
hardships to the Dal dwellers.

The high altitude tribal areas in Himachal Pradesh
reeled under freezing cold conditions as minimum temperatures
dropped further, hitting normal life severely.
Keylong, the headquarters of Lahaul and Spiti district,
experienced the season`s coldest day with the mercury dipping
to minus 15 deg C. Other tribal areas recorded minimum
temperatures in the range of minus 18 and minus 25 deg C.

Surajtal and Chandratal lakes and 70-km stretch of
Chandrabhaga river, a tributary of Spiti, have completely
frozen.

PTI



First Published: Thursday, January 6, 2011 - 22:26

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