Intense cold grips northern region; 12 more die
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Last Updated: Thursday, January 06, 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.


First Published: Thursday, January 06, 2011, 22:26

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