December 19th, 2011
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Cold wave sweeps across N India, 26 dead

cold wave in North India New Delhi: Intense cold wave that swept across north India have claimed the lives of 6 more people in Uttar Pradesh pushing the state-wide death toll to 26 the death toll to 26 . Thick fog disrupted road and rail traffic at several places. Meerut recorded the least temperature of 2.2 degrees Celsius.

At Delhi the night temperature fell three degrees below normal. The temperature eat the State capital stood at 5.8 degrees Celsius at 5:30 am today. Cold wave intensified in Punjab and Haryana with minimum temperatures dipping up to five degrees at many places. Meteriological office said, Hisar and Rohtak were coldest places in the region with mercury settling at 1.6 degree C, five degrees below normal.

The skiing resort of Gulmarg recorded a minimum of minus 7.4 degrees Celsius at Kashmir. The tourist resort of Pahalgam reeled at minus 4.6 degrees Celsius. Met office said, water supply lines in Srinagar froze as the minimum settled at minus 2.8 degrees Celsius in the summer capital. In Leh district of Ladakh region, the mercury plunged to a low of minus 9.0 degrees Celsius.

Cold wave conditions persisted in Bihar where several trains have been cancelled or rescheduled due to foggy conditions. The state government has closed all government schools till December 25 in view of the cold.
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