N India reels under severe cold, toll rises to 165

Cold wave conditions held forth across north India as the bitter chill claimed six more lives in Uttar Pradesh.

Updated: Jan 14, 2012, 00:20 AM IST

New Delhi: Cold wave conditions held forth
across north India on Friday as the bitter chill claimed six more
lives in Uttar Pradesh, taking the country-wide toll to 165
this winter.

In the national capital, it was yet another chilly day
with the minimum settling at 5.3 deg C while the maximum was
recorded at 18.7 degrees, both the readings being two notches
below the normal level, the MeT office said.

Six more people, including two women, died overnight in
the extreme weather in Uttar Pradesh, officials said, adding
the fresh fatalities occurred in Fatehpur district.

Najibabad was the coldest place in the state recording a
low of two deg C.

In Kashmir Valley, freezing cold prevailed. Kargil town
in Ladakh recorded a minimum temperature of minus 19.6 degrees
Celsius becoming the coldest place of the region this season.

Leh town, also in Ladakh region, recorded a minimum of
minus 18.2 deg C, while Gulmarg skiing resort in north Kashmir
settled at a low of minus 16.5 degrees, the weather office
said.

Summer capital Srinagar continued to remain in the grip of
intense cold as the night temperature dipped to minus 3.6
degrees Celsius.

Giving no respite to the people, biting cold prevailed in
Punjab and Haryana, with mercury plummeting to several notches
below normal in most parts of the region.

Adampur in Jalandhar remained the coldest place in Punjab
at a shivering 0.4 degree Celsius.

Similarly, mercury in Amritsar and Narnaul dipped by upto
four degrees below normal with minimum temperatures of 1.5 deg
C each.

While Chandigarh had a low of 4.8 deg C, Ludhiana and
Patiala recorded a minimum of 3.9 deg C and five degrees
respectively, three degrees below normal.

Ambala, Karnal and Rohtak in Haryana recorded lows of 4.9
deg C, three deg C and 4.1 deg C respectively, plummeting by
up to three notches, the MeT Dept said.

PTI