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Cold wave claims 33 in UP
New Delhi, Jan 4 (Agencies):
Published on 4 Jan. 2010 10:40 PM IST
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As many as 33 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. 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. They said the total toll in the state has touched 70 so far. Shahjahanpur, which recorded a minimum temperature of 2.5 degree Celsius on Sunday morning, was the coldest place in the state, followed by Bareilly at five degrees, two notches below normal, the Met Department said. Chandigarh and its neighbouring states saw dense fog and rainfall on Sunday which derailed the normal life and disrupted road, rail and air traffic, as visibility was reduced to below 100 meters. “Since (Sunday) morning, we have had moderate spells of rainfall in Chandigarh and various towns of Punjab and Haryana including Patiala, Amritsar, Nawanshahar, Ambala, Rohtak, Hisar and Karnal,” said Chatar Singh Malik, director of the Chandigarh Meteorological Centre. Isolated spells of rain are expected to continue in the coming days, which could lead to a sharp decline in the temperature, especially during nights. Owing to poor weather conditions, not even a single scheduled flight could land or take off from Chandigarh airport and passengers were left stranded. Due to poor visibility, none of the 15 flights could land or take off from here, consecutively for the second day. The Instrument Landing System (ILS) is also not working and that made the situation more problematic,” said an official of the Chandigarh airport. Chandigarh, recorded a minimum temperature of 4.2 degrees Celsius, two degrees below normal, followed by Ambala at 8.3 degrees Celsius, two degrees above normal. Amritsar in Punjab was the coldest in the region with a minimum temperature of minus 0.8 degrees Celsius. However, Ludhiana and Patiala were comparatively warmer at 8.8 degrees Celsius and 10.1 degrees Celsius, respectively. Staff Correspondent from Shimla adds: The hill State received a good splash of rain in the lower hills and a snowfall in the upper reaches on Sunday. The entire State is now in a grip of severe cold wave and more snow and rain is expected in next three days according to the Met office here. More than 8 to 12 cms of snow was recorded in the hill resorts of Kufri, Fagu and Narkanda on Sunday. Various areas in the tribal belt of Kinnaur and Lahaul-Spiti experienced 20 to 30 cms of snow by the evening. The regular helicopter flights from Bhunter airport in Kullu to the tribal areas were suspended due to bad weather. The capital town of Shimla was also lashed by icy winds and a continuous rain in the afternoon. There are also reports of widespread rainfall from Kullu, Mandi, Dharamsala, Chamba and Sirmaur districts. The much awaited rainfall has been welcomed by the farmers from all over the State. 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.

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