Cold kills 9 as mercury dips across north India

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TNN | Jan 2, 2013, 04.23 AM IST

NEW DELHI: The cold wave intensified across north India and killed nine more people in Uttar Pradesh on Tuesday, pushing the death toll from it this season to around 110.

Officials said three people died in Mirzapur, two each in Muzaffarnagar and Bareilly. One death each was reported from Moradabad and Amroha.

Most cold-related deaths - 92 - have been reported from Uttar Pradesh, where Agra, with a low of just 0.9 degree C, was the coldest place. Lakhimpur Kheri recorded a minimum temperature of three, Kanpur 3.2, Fatehgarh 3.6, Bareilly 3.8 degree C. The western and eastern parts of the state were colder than the rest of the state with the mercury dipping four to 10 degrees below normal.

A Met official said similar weather conditions will prevail till Wednesday

Thick fog continued to blanket large swathes of the region and further dipped the mercury besides disrupting rail, road and air traffic. Most flights remained grounded at Chandigarh, while trains were running hours behind schedule.

Minimum temperatures hovered around six degree C in Punjab, where Amritsar continued to be the coldest place with a high of 10 degree C. Bathinda recorded a low of 5.8 degree above the freezing point.

In neighboring Haryana, Narnaul remained was the coldest with minimum of just 0.7 degree C.

Most places in Rajasthan shivered with a high of under 10 degree C. Churu remained the coldest in the state with a low of just 0.7 degree above the freezing point. The mercury dipped to 4.5 degree C, almost three notches below normal, in Jaipur. Pilani recored a low of 1.4, Sriganganagar 4.3 and Bikaner 4.5 degree C.