Cold conditions continue in north India; one die in J-K

New Delhi, Jan 31 (PTI) The cold wave continued to gripseveral parts of the northern region with a man succumbing tofreezing conditions in Jammu and Kashmir even as early morningfog in the national capital disrupted flight operations.

50-year-old Bashir Ahmad Bhat, a mentally challengedman, died due to cold in Ganderbal district, taking the deathtoll in Kashmir valley to 12 this winter, officials said.

The minimum temperature across the Valley slipped by atleast two degrees. Gulmarg recorded a low of minus 8.6 degreeCelsius while Pahalgam settled at minus 7 deg C.

The summer capital Srinagar witnessed a drop of 2.6degrees from yesterday''s minimum, recording minus 1.4 deg C.

Leh town in the Ladakh region was the coldest place inthe state settling at minus 12.8 deg C, while Kargil recordedminus 12 deg C.

Biting cold conditions prevailed in Himachal Pradeshwhere higher reaches witnessed another spell of mild snowfall.

Tourist resort of Manali and Kalpa in Kinnaur districtrecorded 6 cm of fresh snow.

The ''Queen of Hills'', Shimla, recorded a low of 2.5 degC while Sundernagar shivered at 2.7 deg C. Solan and Bhuntarregistered minimum temperatures of 0.8 and 1.2 deg Crespectively.

Mandi, Dharamsala, and Una recorded respective minimumsof 3.2, 3.5, and 4 deg C. Keylong in tribal Lahaul and Spitiwas freezing at minus 11.4 degree C.

People in the national capital witnessed anotherpleasant day though an early morning fog disrupted operationsat the IGI airport affecting the schedule of around 200domestic and international flights.

The minimum settled at 8.2 degree Celsius and maximumwas recorded at at 22.1 degrees during the day. Yesterday, themaximum was 22.4 degrees and the minimum 6.5 degrees.

Cold conditions also prevailed in many parts of Punjaband Haryana with the mercury dipping below the normal levels.

Patiala was the coldest place in Punjab at 4.4 degreeCelsius, three notches below normal, while Amritsar recorded alow of 4.8 deg C.

In Haryana, Hisar experienced a cold night at 5.6 degreeCelsius while Narnaul registered a minimum of 5 deg C, bothdown by one degree. The minimum in Chandigarh settled at 7.7deg C.

Pilani recorded the lowest temperature of 5.8 degreeCelsius in Rajasthan, followed by Churu at 6.2 deg C. Thestate capital Jaipur registered a low of 9.8 deg C.

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