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January 13, 2010

Cold wave in northern India claims over 326 lives

     New Delhi: The cold wave continues to disrupt normal life across north India, and the death toll is now reported to be over 326. Another 38 deaths were reported from Uttar Pradesh , taking the death toll in the state to almost 300. The fresh casualties were reported from Barabanki and Sitapur (5 each), Gonda and Varanasi (4 each), Etah and Orai (3 each), Lucknow , Muzaffarnagar, Kheri, Kushinagar, Balia and Chandauli (2 each) and Azamgarh and Basti (1 each), claimed official sources. The dense fog has further added to the problems of the people in the region with Kanpur recording a temperature of 3.7 degree Celsius, the coldest place in the state, followed by Varani, where the temperarure was recorded to be 4 degree Celcius. In Delhi , a foggy morning brought bad news for air travelers, as several flights were affected. The Meteorological Department has predicted dense fog in the capital over the next couple of days. The cold conditions worsened in Jammu and Ladakh regions with a fall in mercury level, though there was some improvement in night temperatures. The night temperature in Jammu slipped to 2.7 degree Celcius with Banihal recording a temperature of minus 1.6 degree Celcius, the coldest place in the state. In Leh, the night temperature dipped to minus 22 degree Celcius, while in Kargil it was minus 16.4 degree Celcius. Srinagar recorded a temperature of minus 3.6 degree Celcius, while the temperature recorded in Pahalgam was minimum of minus 5.5 degree Celcius. The possibility of rains and thundershowers has been forecast in Punjab , Haryana and several parts of Himachal Pradesh in the next few days.
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