Coldwave claims 15 lives in UP

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TNN | Jan 3, 2013, 04.29 AM IST

LUCKNOW: Even as severe coldwave and foggy conditions led to drop in minimum temperatures to almost freezing level at several places in the state on Wednesday the chill claimed 15 more lives during the past 24 hours, taking the death toll this winter to 107.

In the city, however, the day temperature rose to 20 degrees. The minimum temperature was five degrees. According to police, four people died in Muzaffarnagar due to cold, three in Mathura, two each in Agra, Bulandshahr, Etah and one each in Barabanki and Mirzapur.

Muzaffarnagar was coldest in the state with 0.6 degrees celsius minimum temperature followed by Bareilly with 0.9 degrees celsius, Aligarh 1.2 degrees celsius, Najiabad 1.4 degrees celsius, Meerut 1.8 degrees celsius, Agra 2.4 degrees celsius and Moradabad 2.5 degrees celsius. Thick dense fog also led to drastic drop in maximum temperature during the day. Aligarh recorded maximum temperature 9.0 degrees celsius, which was 11 degrees below normal.

The west UP were colder than central and east. While minimum temperatures in west UP dropped by 3-7 degrees below normal, maximum temperatures were 4-11 degrees below normal. In central and east UP, both maximum and minimum temperatures were 1-5 degrees below normal.

With no letup in the foggy spell, there is no end to passengers' woes. Several trains between Lucknow and New Delhi are running late. Train 12003 Lucknow-New Delhi Swarn Shatabdi departed more than three hours behind schedule from Charbagh station on Wednesday. The Lucknow-bound Shatabdi, on the other hand, arrived late by over an hour. The other trains between Lucknow and Delhi which were delayed by long hours were 12420 New Delhi-Lucknow Gomti Express, by more than nine hours.

The 12226 Old Delhi-Azamgarh Kaifiyat was late by more than five hours, 12553 Barauni-New Delhi Vaishali Express was late by eight hours, 13483 Malda Town-Old Delhi Farakka Express and 14217 Allahabad Jn.-Chandigarh Unchahar Express was late by more than six hours.

The other trains which were late by considerable margins were 12034 Kanpur-New Delhi Shatabdi, 12469 Kanpur Central-Jammu Tawi Express, 14163 Allahabad Jn.-Meerut Sangam Express, 14257 Varanasi Jn.-N Delhi Kashi Vishwanath Express, 14511/14512 Allahabad-Saharanpur Nauchandi Express, 14853 Varanasi-Jodhpur Marudhar Express and 12225 Azamgarh-Old Delhi Kaifiyat Express.