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Cold wave persists, death toll touches 100

The cold snap, sweeping vast swathes of North India has claimed four more lives pushing the death count this winter to 100.

delhi Updated: Dec 31, 2005 21:42 IST

The cold snap, sweeping vast swathes of North India, on Saturday claimed four more lives pushing the death count this winter to 100 as dense fog enveloped the region once again clogging road and rail traffic.

The piercing cold maintained its tight grip in Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh and Punjab though it eased in Haryana where mercury rose appreciably.

All the fresh deaths occurred in hardest-hit Uttar Pradesh where 81 people had perished in the winter chill so far. Punjab accounted for 16 fatalities and Punjab three.

Thick fog blanketed many parts of the region disrupting road traffic which moved bumper-to-bumper though air services operated on schedule.

Srinagar shivered with mercury plummeting to minus two degrees celsius while Jammu-ites had a comfortable day with the minimum temperature settling at 7.6 degrees celsius.

Fresh snowfall in tribal belts in Himachal Pradesh aggravated cold wave conditions with mercury hovering minus 10 to minus 15 degrees celsius in Lahaul valley.

In Shimla region, the sky remained overcast and icy winds blew across as cold wave showed no signs of let off.

Amritsar was coldest place in Punjab with a low of 3.3 degrees celsius. Ludhiana with a minimum temperature of 3.4 degrees celsius and Patiala with 4.9 degrees reeled under the biting cold.

Mercury rose by several notches in Chandigarh where the minimum temperature settled at 8.2 degrees celsius as sun shone brightly providing much-needed respite from a prolonged cold spell,

Hisar, Ambala and Karnal, all in Haryana, recorded lows of 8.8 degrees celsius, 6.1 degrees and 6.3 degrees respectively.

First Published: Dec 31, 2005 21:42 IST