Chandigarh recorded a low of 3 degrees Celsius, two below normal. It was the lowest temperature ever recorded in the union territory. Hisar, too, braved an all-time low of minus-1.1, six notches below normal, while Narnaul again registered a low of zero.
Four persons succumbed to the cold wave in Amritsar, four in Hisar district and one in Narnaul, sources said here. From Hisar's Barwala sub-division, a mentally challenged man, a beggar and a patient at a hospital in Agroha succumbed to cold-related illnesses. From Hisar town, the body of a sadhu was recovered on Sunday morning, taking the total number of people falling prey to cold wave in Punjab and Haryana to over 20 during the current winter spell. Of these, 13 have died in Punjab, said officials. PTI
Place Min temp (in °C)
Chandigarh 3Hisar -1.1Narnaul 0Bhiwani 1.6 Ambala 3.5Ludhiana 4.2Amritsar 4.4Patiala 3.5
Services affected While most flights remained grounded at Chandigarh airport, several trains including Malwa Express, Howrah Express, Shatabdi, Tata Muri Express, Shan-e-Punjab, Barmer, Unchahar Express and Lucknow Mail were running late by several hours. Frequent tripping of power and low water supply added to the woes.