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Updated: January 11, 2010 20:56 IST

Cold wave claims 288 lives as North India faces intense chill

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Street children wrapped in woollens in the morning cold wait for alms outside the Mahabodhi temple in Bodh Gaya, Bihar. The cold wave in the country claimed 288 lives with 30 more deaths reported from Uttar Pradesh on Monday.
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Street children wrapped in woollens in the morning cold wait for alms outside the Mahabodhi temple in Bodh Gaya, Bihar. The cold wave in the country claimed 288 lives with 30 more deaths reported from Uttar Pradesh on Monday.

A biting cold wave sweeping north India claimed 288 lives with 30 more deaths reported from Uttar Pradesh on Monday, even as flight and train operations were normal in the absence of fog.

The fresh casualties were reported from Bahraich (6), Balrampur, Barabanki and Muzaffarnagar (4 each), Sitapur (3), Jaunpur, Sultanpur, Gorakhpur and Faizabad (2 each) and Lucknow (1), taking the toll in the State to 262 this winter, official sources said.

In Varanasi, the temperature hovered around 4.4 degree Celcius, four notches below normal.

A cold wave swept across Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh with the mercury falling by up to three notches below normal.

Amritsar was the coldest place in Punjab with a low of 1.2 degrees Celsius, while in Haryana, Ambala registered a low of 4.1 degree Celcius, three notches below normal.

Night temperature in Kashmir and Ladakh showed an upward trend, while Jammu recorded a drop in mercury at 4 deg C, four degrees below normal. The winter capital of Jammu and Kashmir had recorded a minimum of 5.3 deg C on Sunday.

Banihal was the coldest place with a low of minus 2.6 degree Celcius and Bhaderwah minus 0.6 degree Celcius.

The night temperature in Leh was minus 20 degree Celcius against minus 21.4 degree Celcius on Sunday. But, there was no change in the night temperature in Kargil which recorded minus 17 degree Celcius.

Pahalgam, a hill resort in south Kashmir, reeled under cold conditions with a low of minus 6.6 degree Celcius, while Srinagar, which had recorded a night temperature of minus 4.6 degree Celcius on Sunday, recorded a low of minus 4.2 degree Celcius on Monday.

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