Cold wave sweeps North India

The cold wave conditions claimed 9 more lives in Uttar Pradesh taking the toll in the state to 26.

Last Updated: Dec 18, 2011, 23:51 PM IST

Lucknow: Cold wave intensified in North
India on Sunday claiming six more lives, all in Uttar Pradesh,
as thick fog disrupted road and rail traffic at several
places.

Six more people succumbed to the piercing cold in Uttar
Pradesh since last evening pushing the state-wide death count
to 26.

Fog hampered movement of road and rail traffic in several
parts of the state where Meerut was the coldest place
recording a low of 2.2 degrees Celsius.

Delhiites woke up to another cold day with the minimum
temperature touching five degrees Celsius, three notches
below normal.

The maximum in the national capital was recorded at 23
degrees, a notch above normal.

Cold wave intensified in Punjab and Haryana with
minimum temperatures dipping up to five degrees at many
places.

Hisar and Rohtak were coldest places in the region
with mercury settling at 1.6 deg C each, five degrees below
normal, Met office said.

As fog engulfed parts of the two states, visibility
reduced to even less than 50-mt especially in Patiala, Ambala
and Karnal.

Chandigarh recorded a minimum temperature of 5.3 deg C, 2
notches below normal.

Karnal and Narnaul in Haryana settled at lows of 2.6 and
2.5 deg C, down by five and three notches respectively.

In Punjab, Amritsar recorded a minimum of 2 deg C, down
by 2 notches, as Ludhiana and Patiala recorded lows of 3.2 deg
C and 5 deg C respectively.

Chill swept the Kashmir Valley with the skiing resort of
Gulmarg recording a minimum of minus 7.4 degrees Celsius.

The tourist resort of Pahalgam reeled at minus 4.6
degrees celsius, the Met office said.

Water supply lines in Srinagar freezed as the minimum
settled at minus 2.8 degrees celsius in the summer capital.

In the remote Leh district in Ladakh region, the
mercury plunged to a low of minus 9.0 degrees celsius, an
increase of five degrees compared to yesterday.

Rajasthan reeled under cold conditions with Churu
recording a low of 1.8 degrees Celsius followed by Pilani (
3.3 degrees).

In West Bengal, Kolkata woke up to a chilly and misty
morning with mercury dipping to a low of 12.1 degrees C, two
notches below normal.

Cold wave conditions persisted in Bihar where several
trains were cancelled or rescheduled due to foggy conditions.

The state government has closed all government schools
till December 25 in view of the cold, officials said.

Severe cold gripped Jharkhand with mercury plummeting to
1.8 degree Celsius in Kanke located on the outskirts of
Ranchi.

The capital also experienced chilly night with the
minimum temperature settling at 5.8 degree Celsius, Met
officials said.

PTI