At least 31 people have died across Uttar Pradesh due to the intense cold and three more were killed in road accidents because of dense fog, officials said on Tuesday.
The cold wave, accompanied by heavy fog, has disrupted road, rail and air traffic across northern India and minimum temperature has dipped below normal at many places.
Eight people died in eastern UP because of the inclement weather since Monday. Six died in the Avadh region, two each in Meerutand Kanpur, seven in Moradabad and six perished in Aligarh as the cold wave continued unabated.
A mother and her son were killed when their car hit a stationary truck in dense fog in Sarojini Nagar area of Lucknow, police said.
Abhishek Shukla, 40, and his mother Urmila, 62, were seriously injured when their car rammed into the truck on Monday night due to fog near Daroga Khera, they said. They were rushed to a hospital where doctors declared them dead, police said.
Another man was killed and six others were injured when a SUV hit a car due to dense fog at Yamuna Expressway in Mathura. The incident took place on Monday night when the driver of the SUV, on his way to Agra, dashed into the car after colliding head-on with a roadways bus. The SUV driver could not see the bus coming from opposite direction due to dense fog and hit the car, police said.
In the mishap, SUV driver Rajesh, a resident of a Kanpur village, died and six persons from both the vehicles were seriously injured.
The Met Office has said the cold wave condition would continue in the coming days.
A drop in the mercury accompanied with a dense fog delayed trains, railway officials said.
In Lucknow, more than 150 trains were delayed due to fog and poor visibility. Trains such as Punjab Mail, Saryu-Yamuna Express, New Delhi-Jalpaiguri Express, Kota-Patna Express, Sadbhavna Express, Kumbh Express, Vaishali Express, besides others, were delayed by 10-12 hours, a railway official told IANS.
A state government spokesperson told IANS that all government aided and private schools in the state have been asked to remain shut till December 28.
Trains, flights delayed in Delhi
More than 150 flights and 100 trains were delayed on Tuesday after dense fog engulfed Delhi with the minimum temperature dipping to 6 degree Celsius, two below normal.
The maximum temperature was recorded at 16.3 degrees Celsius, five below normal. Though the day remained cold, it was an improvement over Monday when over 300 flights were delayed as the mercury had plunged to a minimum of 4.2 degree Celsius, the coldest day of the season so far.
Runway visibility at the airport never dipped below the mandatory 800 metres on Tuesday, the Met Department said, allowing flights with advanced CAT III technology to operate.
Mornings continued to be chilly with Palam recording a temperature of 5.9 degree Celsius, while it settled at a freezing 4.1 and 4.5 degree Celsius at Lodhi Road and Ridge area respectively.
There is expected to be no let up in the fog cover on Wednesday, the weatherman said, warning of poor visibility between 7am and 9am.
After the morning fog cover, Wednesday is expected to see clear skies with the maximum and minimum temperatures at 17 degree Celsius and 8 degree Celsius respectively.
The prevailing cold and foggy conditions also led the directorate of education to advise all schools to declare vacations for their junior wings from Friday. Thursday being Christmas, the term is likely to effectively end on Wednesday.
(With IANS and PTI inputs)