North India in cold wave grip; nationwide toll mounts to 94

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New Delhi, Jan 4 (UNI) The cold wave condition persisted in North India today forcing schools to shut down at several places while the nationwide toll rose to 94 with four more deaths in UP.

Uttar Pradesh continued to be in the grip of cold wave where the toll reached 75, following four more deaths in the last 24 hours.

The fresh deaths were reported from Sultanpur, Sant Kabirnagar, Jaunpur and Hamirpur.

Rail, road and air traffic continued to be hit due to the dense fog during early and late hours in the state.

The Taj City again remained the coldest with the minimum temperature recorded at 3 degrees Celsius.

Uttar Pradesh has reported 75 deaths, Gujarat nine, Bihar and Punjab four each and Himachal Pradesh two.

The District Administration has ordered closure of schools in the state till January 5 at certain palces, including Agra and Varanasi.

In Punjab, the minimum temperature remained at 2.9 degrees at Amritsar followed by Patiala registering 3.2 degrees and Ludhiana 4.7 degrees. The temperature rose in Chandigarh recording 4.0 degrees.

The cold wave also lashed parts of Haryana with the night temperatures hovering at 1.7 degrees at Narnaul and 2.6 degrees at Ambala, four degrees below normal.

The mercury rose at Hissar but stayed one degree below normal, recording 4.4 degrees.

Intense cold wave swept mid and lower hills in Himachal Pradesh with the Kullu valley reeling under the impact of cold wave.

The minimum stayed at minus o.5 degrees at Bhuntar in Kullu district and remained static at minus 1.3 degrees at Sundernagar in Mandi district. Shimla recorded the minimum at 3.3 degrees.

There was no let up in the cold wave in the Kashmir valley with Srinagar recording minus 4.0 degrees while Jammu registered 6.9 degrees. The water level in major rivers, including the Jehlum and the Sindh and their tributaries was considerably low due to no rain and snow, affecting power generation in local hydel projects and water supply.

Cold wave also prevailed in northern Rajasthan with the minimum temperature at Mount Abu at minus 1 degrees and Churu and Pilani recording zero degrees.

The national capital also reeled under severe cold even as mercury showed slight increase at three degrees.

The cold wave conditions are likely to stay for another day or two with the weathermen forecasting a minimum temperature of four degrees tomorrow.

Chairman of the Education Committee Prithvi Raj Sawhney announced that MCD-run schools in Delhi will remain closed till January 13 in view of the cold conditions.

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