Cold wave death toll rises to 140 in North India

New Delhi, Jan 5 (TruthDive): Eleven more people were reported to be dead on Friday due to extreme cold in North Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, taking the death toll to 140 this winter, said sources on Saturday.

Barabanki, Etah and Sultanpur were some of the districts where cold related deaths were reported. Lucknow touched a minimum temperature of 1.8 degree Celsius on Friday bringing life to a standstill all over north India as well as Delhi.

The chilly weather continued in Delhi on Saturday with a minimum temperature of 2.9 which was said to be four degrees below normal. Forecasting a normal temperature for Delhi, officials of the Met department have announced a temperature of 3.4 degree Celsius in the coming two days.

Dry and foggy conditions are expected to exist in several places of the State in the next 48 hours, added local Meteorological officials. For the past few days, the whole of North India has been under extreme cold, raising the death toll this winter to 140.

Agra recorded minimum temperature of 1.1 degrees, Gorakhpur 2.4, Ghazipur 1.5, Kanpur 2.7 degrees and Lucknow recorded 1.8 degree Celsius. Maximum temperature in the day time was said to be 6 to 13 degree Celsius in these areas.

As plains remained wrapped in a thick fog cover, districts in Uttarakhand which are situated in the higher reaches such as Tehri Garhwal, Almora, as well as Pithoragarh recorded a temperature of sub-zero that experienced a chilling day this winter.

Dehradun witnessed a drop in temperature since yesterday reporting 4.1 degrees Celsius to settle later at 3.6 degrees in spite of a clear sunlight, while Haldwani trembled down to 2 degrees Celsius.

In Kashmir, cold wave continued to exist in the region, while Srinagar saw the coldest night of this season tumbling down to 5.4 degrees Celsius.

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