30 die due to cold wave in UP; foggy conditions persist

January 03, 2010 05:41 pm | Updated 05:42 pm IST - New Delhi

Over 30 people died in Uttar Pradesh due to cold wave as foggy conditions prevailed for the second successive day on Sunday in many parts of the northern region with some states also experiencing light showers.

As many as 33 people died due to intense cold conditions in UP since Saturday night taking the death toll to 74 in the state this winter.

While six persons died in Mirzapur, five deaths were each reported from Ballia and Banda, four from Kanpur dehat, three from Muzaffarnagar, two each from Sonbhadra, Hamirpur, Fatehpur and Chandauli, and one each from Farukkhabad and Unnao, official sources said.

Meanwhile, a day after dense fog engulfed the region and caused power blackouts, flight and train disruptions, states like Delhi, Punjab, Haryana and some parts of Jammu and Kashmir recorded a slight rise in night temperature.

In the national capital, visibility improved and flight operations remained normal due to a clear sky. On Saturday the visibility reduced to season’s lowest of 50 metres. However, train services continued to be disrupted.

The city experienced drizzle in the morning but recorded a low of 9.5 degrees Celsius against Saturday’s minimum of 8.4 degrees. However, foggy conditions are likely to continue.

Meanwhile, white flakes covered several parts of Kashmir valley on Sunday, the second snowfall this season. Earlier the valley experienced a snowfall on the second week of November.

In Punjab and Haryana, cold wave abated slightly but a thick blanket of fog continued to affect normal life. Light showers drenched places like Chandigarh, Hisar, Karnal, Rohtak, Ludhiana and Patiala. Amritsar in Punjab continued to freeze, recording a low of 0.8 degrees.

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