Winter woes were compounded in north India as the intense cold wave kept people numb with mercury dipping further in the region on Wednesday and resulting in 12 more deaths.
Uttar Pradesh accounted for the 12 deaths. The death toll in the state now stands at 47, officials said.
With a minimum temperature of 2.6 degree Celsius, Churk was the coldest place in UP. Kanpur shivered at 3.5 deg C, and Banda recorded a minimum of 3.4 deg C.
The national capital remained under the grip of a cold wave with the mercury dropping to 4.2 deg C, three degrees below normal, early this morning.
The cold wave intensified in Kashmir division, including Ladakh, as the minimum temperature across the state dipped several degrees further with Leh town freezing at minus 23 deg C.
Leh was the coldest in Kashmir division at minus 23 deg C, which was 2.8 degrees lower than the minimum temperature recorded on Tuesday.