Cold wave tightens grip over N. India, 51 deaths overnight in UP

New Delhi, January 8, 2011

Cold weather conditions tightened their grip over North India with 51 deaths overnight in Uttar Pradesh as Leh in Jammu and Kashmir shivered at minus 14 degrees Celsius.

Severe cold weather has damaged 60 to 80 per cent crops and vegetables in 250 villages of Ujjain district in Madhya Pradesh. Besides it has claimed 20 lives in the state.

Fifty one people died overnight due to intensified cold conditions in Uttar Pradesh. With this the toll reached 188 in the state.

As per reports, five people died of intense cold conditions in Agra, while seven deaths were reported from Jaunpur area. Four people each died in Kaushambhi and Gorakhpur, three in Farrukhabad, while two each succumbed in Deoria, Siddharthnagar, Chatrapati Sahuji Maharaj Nagar, Varanasi, Jhansi, Allahabad, Sitapur, Hardoi, Barabanki, Ballia and Ramabai Nagar.

One each died in Banda, Mirzapur, Hamirpur, Rae Bareli, Mahoba and Bareilly.

Besides, the Delhi-Lucknow Swaran Shatabdi Express was cancelled due to late running.

The lowest temperature was 1.4 degrees at Sultanpur and Fursatganj in Rae Bareli. Lucknow recorded 3.8 degrees, Kanpur 5.2 degrees, Agra 2.3 degrees, Churk in Mirzapur 2.2 degrees and Banda 1.6 degrees.

Western disturbances eased the chilly weather in the Kashmir Valley while the upper reaches received four to seven inches snowfall.

The minimum at Leh in Ladakh region of Jammu and Kashmir dipped further to minus 14 degrees due to partial cloudy weather. Kargil did not witness any major change and the minimum stood at minus 10.4 degrees. After light snowfall, Pahalgam witnessed an increase in the temperature and registered at minus 1.8 degrees. Srinagar also showed an improvement and was cold at 0.4 degrees.

The mercury stood at 1.5 degrees at Narnaul in Haryana and 3.2 degrees at Patiala in Punjab, turning them into the coldest places in their respective parts.

Though high reaches in Himachal Pradesh experienced light snowfall, night temperature rose marginally at some places. The minimum in Keylong in Lahaul Spiti was minus 8.4 degrees, followed by Kalpa in Kinnuar minus 3 degrees and Solan minus 1 degrees.

Dharamshala and Shimla recorded 3 degrees temperature while Ambala was cold at 4.5 degrees.

Weather conditions disrupted tribal chopper flights, which could not be operated for the second consecutive day.

In Punjab, night temperatures were low at 3.2 degrees in Patiala, 4.2 degrees in Ludhiana and 4.4 degrees in Amritsar. The minimum in Chandigarh was registered at 6.4 degrees.

In Delhi, people faced inconvenience as air and rail traffic was disrupted due to thick fog, taking down the visibility level to 50 mt at 0700 hrs. As many as 97 trains were running behind their schedule while three trains, including Kafiyat Express and Swaraj Express, were cancelled.

As many as 279 flights at the Indira Gandhi International airport were operated under Low Visibility Procedures.

The maximum plummeted to the season's lowest at 12.4 degrees, nine notches below normal. The minimum was 4.3 degrees.

In view of the severe cold conditions, the Delhi government ordered schools to extend their holidays till January 13.

Ongoing cold conditions in Madhya Pradesh claimed 20 lives. Besides, a huge quantity of crops and vegetables were damaged due to severe cold. According to agriculture experts and farmers, 60 to 80 per cent crops and vegetables were damaged in Ujjain, Morena,

Chhattarpur, Bhind, Shivpuri, Datia, Sidhi, Guna, Rewa, Jabalpur, Umaria, Mandala, Shahdol, Narsinghpur districts while crops were damaged in 250 villages in Ujjain district alone.

Naugaon was the coldest where mercury plummeted to zero degree. The minimum at Umaria was recorded 0.5 degrees, Rewa 1.2 degrees, Gwalior 3.9 degrees and Jabalpur 4 degrees.

South-westerly winds in lower level restricted the impact of cold in Northern Rajasthan and some smaller pockets. The desert town of Bikaner turned out to be the coldest place in the state at minus 2 degrees.

Mount Abu shivered at minus 1 degree while Jaisalmer remained affected with icy winds. It recorded at 1.2 degrees. Elsewhere, Churu recorded 2.5 degrees and Jaipur 5 degrees.

In West Bengal, chilly winds gave the city dwellers no respite. The maximum stood at 23 degrees and the minimum at 12.3 degrees. Some other districts which witnessed sharp drop in temperature are Purulia 6.5 degrees, Darjeeling 0.2 degrees and Midnapore 10.1 degrees.

In Andhra Pradesh, moderate cold conditions prevailed over Telangana. The minimum rose at many places over coastal Andhra Pradesh and at a few places over Rayalaseema and changed little over Telangana. They were below normal at a few places over coastal Andhra Pradesh

and normal over Rayalaseema. The lowest minimum of 5 degrees was recorded at Adilabad.

Severe cold wave conditions prevailed in some parts of Jharkhand, Madhya Maharashtra and Vidarbha besides at isolated places in Orissa, and Chhattisgarh. Cold conditions also persisted in Orissa and in some parts of Bihar.


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