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One person dies, cold conditions aggravate in PB, Haryana

One person died due to cold at Lalru in Punjab taking the death toll in the region to 11 this season even as the cold conditions aggravated in Punjab and Haryana where dense fog threw train traffic out of gear.



Chandigarh: One person died due to cold at Lalru in Punjab taking the death toll in the region to 11 this season even as the cold conditions aggravated in Punjab and Haryana where dense fog threw train traffic out of gear.

An unidentified 70-year-old man died yesterday at Lalru in Punjab. The present spell of cold conditions in the two states had so far claimed 11 lives, including six in Punjab, police
said.

Meanwhile, a thick blanket of fog reduced visibility to just a few metres in most parts of the region, including Amritsar, Chandigarh, Ambala, Karnal, Sirsa, Bathinda, Ludhiana and Patiala following which several trains were running late in the region.

Even the vehicular traffic moved at a snails` pace on the national and state highways with headlights on due to poor visibility, officials said.

The minimum temperature hovered between one to four degrees Celsius below normal in Punjab and Haryana, the MeT office said here.

Amritsar was coldest in the plains of two neighbouring states with a low of 1.6 degrees Celsius, one notch below normal.

Ludhiana braved a low of 1.9 degrees Celsius, which was four notches below normal.
Among other places, Hisar settled at a low of 2.8 degrees Celsius, three notches below normal, followed by three degrees Celsius each at Karnal and Narnaul.

While Patiala shivered at 3.3 degrees Celsius, the minimum temperature at Chandigarh was 3.7 degrees Celsius, one notch below normal.

Ambala and Bhiwani in Haryana settled at an identical low of 4.4 degrees Celsius, two notches each below normal.
Frequent tripping of power in parts of Punjab and Haryana also added to the woes of the people, confining them indoors due to icy winds sweeping the region.

The MeT forecast dry weather with foggy conditions during the next two days.

PTI

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