Winter Woes: North India shivers, 7 die in UP

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New Delhi, Dec 26: North India is literally shivering. Weather bulletins say that cold wave conditions persist across North India. Seven people died due to cold weather conditions in Uttar Pradesh, informed a senior official of Met Department.

Dense fog and sharp dip in temperature affected normal lives in various parts of North India. Air and railway services have been badly affected due to cold weather conditions.

"Life has come to a standstill. Winter brings lot of problems for poor people like us. We are homeless. We have no warm clothes to save us from harsh cold weather conditions. If people like us die, it is no surprise. Government authorities don't bother for us," lamented Ravi Kumar, a daily wage earner, who has made Delhi streets his home.

In the National Capital Region, the minimum temperature was 7 degrees Celsius though there was no fog in Delhi. Cold weather conditions affected the movement of trains and at least 150 trains across north India were reported to be running late.

Besides, 22 trains have also been cancelled.

Cold wave continued to sweep across Jharkhand with minimum temperature in Kanke and Ranchi dipping to 2.2 degrees Celsius, a degree above that the season's lowest temperature recorded on Tuesday.

A thick blanket of fog enveloped most parts of Punjab, Haryana and the Union territory of Chandigarh on Tuesday disrupting normal life and hitting air, rail and road traffic.

MeT department officials said that the fog was responsible for reduced visibility in the region, resulting in cancellation or delaying of several trains and flights by hours.

OneIndia News

(With PTI Inputs)

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