Cold wave tightens grip on North India; 2 die
Frigid temperatures claimed two more lives in Uttar Pradesh as the cold wave, gripping North India, on Monday tightened its grip.india Updated: Jan 01, 2007 22:23 IST
Frigid temperatures claimed two more lives in Uttar Pradesh as the cold wave, gripping North India, on Monday tightened its grip with dense fog playing havoc again throwing in disarray road, rail and air traffic.
Two fresh deaths occurred in Jaunpur in Uttar Pradesh mounting the state-wide toll to 29 since the onset of winter chill, officials in Lucknow said.
Allahabad, where saints had congregated for the Ardh Kumbh Mela, was the coldest place in the state with mercury plunging to a low of 5.3 degrees celsius.
Sultanpur recorded a low of 6.3 degrees celsius as the state government directed all district authorities to distribute blankets to the poor.
Dense fog enveloped many areas in the state severely hitting road and rail traffic. A number of trains ran several hours behind schedule.
The national capital shivered with maximum temperature plummeting to 14.6 degrees celsius, seven degrees below normal.
Fog descended on the city on the New Year day throwing haywire rail and air schedules.
On Sunday night, Delhi experienced the dense fog of the season, especially over the IGI Airport which remained mostly closed the whole night.
Sixteen domestic flights were cancelled, 11 rescheduled and 36, including 12 international flights, diverted to other cities, an airport spokesman said.
Ludhiana and Patiala had no respite from the chilly weather recording lows of 3.9 and 5.2 degrees celsius respectively.
In Haryana, Ambala reeled at 3.9 degrees celsius while the Union Territory of Chandigarh had a sunny day though the minimum temperature settled at 4.2 degrees celsius.
Fog reduced visibility to near zero in Amritsar, Sirsa, Adampur, Ludhiana, Halwara and Bathinda.
Winter chill and dense fog continued to hit normal life in Rajasthan where Sriganganagar was the coldest place recording a minimum temperature of 4.5 degrees celsius.