The cold wave conditions continued unabated in Jharkhand, claiming two more lives at Vishrampur block in Palamu and leaving thousands of homeless and destitute to the mercy of biting cold on Saturday.
MeT office sources said the night temperature plunged to a low of 1.1 degree Celsius at Kanke block in Ranchi.
Over the last 24 hours, the minimum temperature has dropped 2 to 7 notches below normal at several places across the state following icy north-west wind and a western disturbance.
The district officials said two minors identified as Garima Kumari and Santosh Yadav were killed due to severe cold wave conditions.
However, Palamu deputy commissioner KN Jha was yet to confirm that Santosh died due to cold.
"I have heard of his death but we are yet to ascertain the cause," Jha said.
Earlier, two people died due to cold at Bharno village in Gumla district.
However, the district administration is yet to ascertain the reason behind their death.
Gridih recorded a minimum temperature of 5.8 degrees Celsius, 7 degree below normal.
Ranchi recorded 6.2 degree Celsius at night and hill station McKluskieganj recorded a minimum of 3 degree Celsius.
Dumka, which went to polls on Saturday, recorded 7.3 degree Celsius while in Bokaro recorded 7.5 degree Celsius.
"Night temperature may rise from Sunday due to cloudy condition expected from Saturday evening.
However, the day temperature may decline further in days to come," said Upendra Srivastava, forecasting officer of Ranchi MeT office.
District administration has sent around 4,000 blankets to the Ranchi Municipal Corporation officials for distribution.
However, each councillor received 70 blankets but many of them were yet to distribute them.
Ranchi deputy mayor Sanjiv Vijayvargiya said the blankets could not be distributed due to implementation of model code of conduct.
"Councillors have started distributing the blankets after the election in Ranchi on December 9," he said.