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Intense cold claims 13 more lives in U.P.

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So far 81 people have died in the State due to the cold

Snowbound: A locality at the Sangla Valley in Kinnaur district of Himachal Pradesh on Sunday. — Photo: PTI
Snowbound: A locality at the Sangla Valley in Kinnaur district of Himachal Pradesh on Sunday. — Photo: PTI

Thirteen more people perished in Uttar Pradesh as the intense cold wave sweeping north India maintained its grip over the region, with the national Capital witnessing the coldest day of the season. So far 81 people have died in the State due to the cold.

While five people died in the Maharajganj district, four deaths were reported in Barabanki. One person each died in Deoria, Firozabad, Hardoi and Ballia due to the cold since Saturday, official sources said.

Agra recorded the lowest temperature in the State at 0.6 degrees Celsius, six notches below normal. Lucknow recorded a minimum of 3.4, whereas the temperature in Varanasi was 5, three notches below normal.

Icy winds on a sunless Sunday exposed Delhiites to the coldest day of this winter, with the maximum temperature sliding to 11 degrees.

Dense fog hit flight operations at the Indira Gandhi International airport, affecting over 40 domestic and international flights. Seventy trains were delayed and nine cancelled during the day.

Sunday's maximum was 10 degrees below normal for this period of time, and down by 1.14 degrees from the previous day's 12.4.

The night temperature marginally improved to 5 degrees from 4.3 the previous day.

The Leh and Kargil districts in the frontier region of Ladakh were the coldest places in Jammu and Kashmir, with both registering a minimum temperature of minus 13.0. In Srinagar, the minimum temperature was minus 0.1. The minimum temperature dropped to minus 12 at Keylong in Lahaul and Spiti district.

A thick blanket of fog engulfed several parts of Punjab and Haryana, affecting air, road and rail traffic.

Amritsar was the coldest place in the two States, with a minimum temperature of 2.2. The minimum temperature in Chandigarh was 3.6, followed by Ludhiana at 3.7, Karnal at 4, Rohtak at 4.1, Hisar at 4.4 and Ambala at 4.5.

Cold conditions continue to persist in Rajasthan, with Mount Abu and Bikaner recording minimum temperatures of minus 1 and 1.4 respectively. Jaipur shivered at 2.3. — PTI


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