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Cold wave kills 100 in UP

January 04, 2010 12:43 IST

With temperatures dipping below normal and snowfall witnessed in the upper reaches of Himachal Pradesh and the Kashmir Valley, normal life was thrown out of gear for the third consecutive day and over 100 deaths were reported in Uttar Pradesh.

The states of Punjab, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh have been the worst affected by the intense cold conditions. A dense fog continues to prevail in Uttar Pradesh and the maximum temperature was recorded at 2 to 10 degrees Celsius below normal in most parts of the state. 

Meanwhile, the death toll has crossed 100 due to the severe cold, with several fresh casualties reported during the last 24 hours. The cold wave has made life tough for Delhi residents too. According to the Meteorological Department, the visibility level was recorded at 600 meters. In Delhi, nearly 20 trains were cancelled due to the dense fog.

The minimum temperature was recorded at 9.5 degrees Celsius, two degrees above normal, as against Saturday's 8.4 degrees.  The maximum and minimum humidity levels were pegged at 97 and 78 per cent respectively. In Punjab, night temperatures showed an upward trend, but Amritsar continued to shiver under sub zero temperature.

The temperature recorded at Amritsar on Sunday night was minus 0.8 degree Celsius.  Fog disrupted rail and air traffic in Chandigarh and several other parts of the state. The Meteorological Department has forecast cloudy weather for Monday morning. 

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