Winter kills two, normal life hit in north India
Two people were killed as North India was swept by cold wave and fog as minimum temperatures dropped in the states of Jammu and Kashmir, Haryana, Punjab, Uttar Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand. Normal life has been affected due to the enveloping fog and some trains were also cancelled owing to the same.india Updated: Dec 24, 2013 07:44 IST
Two people were killed as North India was swept by cold wave and fog as minimum temperatures dropped in the states of Jammu and Kashmir, Haryana, Punjab, Uttar Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand. Normal life has been affected due to the enveloping fog and some trains were also cancelled owing to the same.
Two residents of Patlikhul in Manali subdivision of Himachal Pradesh were found dead near Gramphu, 62 km from Manali, as their vehicle got struck in snow.
Snowfall in Kashmir and Uttarakhand cheered the tourism industry while farmers were happy with the prospect of winter rains for their crops. After many areas received about one-foot of snowfall on the Jammu-Srinagar national highway, the route was closed with the authorities allowing movement of only the stranded vehicles. Kargil- Srinagar road, the only road link of Kargil has also been closed. The minimum temperature in Srinagar slipped below freezing point at minus 0.4 degree Celsius.
In Himachal Pradesh, a day after snowfall brought cheers to residents, the weather man has again forecasted a dry spell in the coming days. Kalpa was recorded coldest with minimum temperature minus 5.4 degree Celsius.
Across Haryana, temperature fell by 2 degree Celsius in the past 24 hours and Hisar remained coldest with a minimum of 8.1 degree Celsius. While the sudden fall in the temperature and foggy conditions hit normal life across the state, the same however, benefited the standing crops.
Having witnessed the first rain of the winter season and snowfall in several areas, the temperature plummeted across Uttarakhand as well. Areas like Mussoorie, Dhanolti, Chakrata, Uttarkashi, Yamunotri, Badrinath and Hemkunth have received snowfall, bringing cheers to the locals involved in the tourism business.
In Uttar Pradesh, foggy conditions continued to disrupt normal life even as minimum temperatures remained above normal in several districts. The lowest temperature was recorded at Orai at 7.5 degree Celsius. Due to fog, some trains have been cancelled till December 31.
Night temperatures are expected to further drop by 2 to 3 degree Celsius in Punjab.
(With inputs from Lucknow, Srinagar, Dehradun, Shimla, Hisar and Chandigarh
First Published: Dec 23, 2013 23:27 IST