Cold wave leaves 288 dead, North India faces intense chill
New Delhi: Biting cold sweeping North India
claimed 288 lives with 30 more deaths reported from Uttar
Pradesh on Monday, even as flight and train operations were normal
in the absence of fog.
The fresh casualties were reported from Bahraich (6),
Balrampur, Barabanki and Muzaffarnagar (4 each), Sitapur (3),
Jaunpur, Sultanpur, Gorakhpur and Faizabad (2 each) and
Lucknow (1), taking the toll in the state to 262 this winter,
official sources said.
In Varanasi, temperature hovered around 4.4 degree C, four
notches below normal.
Cold wave swept across Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh
with mercury falling by up to three notches below normal.
Amritsar was the coldest place in Punjab with a low of
1.2 degrees Celsius, while in Haryana, Ambala registered a low
of 4.1 deg C, three notches below normal.
Night temperature in Kashmir and Ladakh showed an upward
trend, while Jammu recorded a drop in mercury at 4 deg C, four
degrees below normal. The winter capital of Jammu and Kashmir
had recorded a minimum of 5.3 deg C yesterday.
Banihal was the coldest place with a low of minus 2.6 deg
C and Bhaderwah minus 0.6 deg C.
The night temperature in Leh was minus 20 deg C against
minus 21.4 deg C yesterday. But, there was no change in night
temperature in Kargil which recorded minus 17 deg C.
Pahalgam, a hill resort in South Kashmir, reeled under
cold conditions with a low of minus 6.6 deg C, while Srinagar,
which had recorded night temperature of minus 4.6 deg C
yesterday, recorded a low of minus 4.2 deg C today.