Extreme cold claims 2 more lives in HP, toll up to 133

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New Delhi, Jan 20 (UNI) Two persons were killed in Kinnuar district of Himachal Pradesh while clearing snow, taking the nationwide toll in the cold wave related deaths to 133.

Two labourers were buried alive in a landslide in two separate incidents in the district while clearing snow at Tapri and Pangi Nullah yesterday.

The nationwide toll due to cold wave conditions has reached 133 with 85 deaths in Uttar Pradesh, 21 in Jammu and Kashmir, 10 in Himachal Pradesh, nine in Gujarat and four each in Bihar and Punjab.

Very light rains or snow have occurred at isolated places in Himachal Pradesh while rains or snow have occurred at isolated places in Jammu and Kashmir.

In the Northwest plains, the pale appearance of Sun at some places failed to provide much relief as chilly winds continued to sweep most part of the day in Jammu and Kashmir, Punjab, Haryana, Chandigarh and north Rajasthan.

In Punjab, the minimum temperature in Amritsar was recorded at minus -0.4 degrees celsius, four degrees below normal while Patiala and Ludhiana also reeled under the cold with the minimum staying low three degrees below normal.

Cold conditions also prevailed in Haryana with the minimum temperatures plummeting in many places in the state.

Light to moderate rain or snow are expected to lash isolated places in Himachal Pradesh while ground frost may occur at few places during the next two nights in Punjab and Haryana, according to the Met office.

Rains or snow are likely to occur at a few places in Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir and at isolated places in Uttarakhand.

Meanwhile, in the capital the cold returned with the temperature further falling to 6.4 degrees Celsius.

The nip in the air could continue for the next few days with the minimum temperature likely to dip to five degrees C tomorrow.

The state of Gujarat continued to reel under cold wave conditions with the mercury plummeting to 3.8 degree celsius in Nalia town of Kutch district.

Night temperatures were appreciably below normal in some parts of Saurashtra, Gujarat region, Konkan and Goa, Madhya Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, interior Karnataka and of Kerala and were below normal in some parts of east Uttar Pradesh, west Madhya Pradesh and in remaining parts of Madhya Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu and of interior Karnataka.

They were appreciably to markedly above normal in Assam and Meghalaya and in some parts of Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram, Tripura, West Bengal, Sikkim, Orissa, Jharkhand, Bihar, east Madhya Pradesh and eastern parts of Chattisgarh. They were normal over the rest of the country.

The temperature in the West Bengal rose steeply with the maximum being recorded at 30.8 degrees Celsius, which was four degrees above normal.

Rains or thundershowers have occurred at a few places in Arunachal Pradesh and at isolated places in Assam and Meghalaya. Mainly dry weather prevailed over Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram, Tripura, West Bengal and Sikkim, Orissa, Jharkhand, Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Harayana, Punjab, Rajasthan and Andaman and Nicobar islands.

Very light rains have occurred at isolated places in Lakshadweep.

Rain or thundershowers are likely to occur at a few places in Arunachal Pradesh, Assam and Meghalaya, Sub-Himalayan West Bengal and Sikkim, Bihar, Uttar Pradesh and also in Nicobar and Lakshadweep. Mainly dry weather will prevail over the Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram, Tripura, Gangetic West Bengal, Orissa, Jharkhand, Haryana, Punjab, Rajasthan and Andaman .

UNI TEAM SG RK2015

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