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Death toll due to piercing cold wave touches 100 across India

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The nationwide death toll due to piercing cold wave have touched 100 with three fresh deaths reported from Uttar Pradesh and one from Kashmir.

According to an All India Radio (AIR) report, the fresh casualties in UP, which took the toll due to the cold wave sweeping the state to 80, included two deaths in Siddharthnagar and one in Sultanpur district.

Gorakhpur stood the coldest with the minimum temperature at 5.8 degree.

One person was killed as the entire Kashmir valley, including Srinagar and world famous skii resort of Gulmarg experienced moderate to heavy snowfall during the last three days.

Meanwhile, Traffic was partially resumed on the 300-km-long Srinagar-Jammu national highway last evening after it remained suspended since Saturday following heavy snow fall.

About a dozen roads in north Kashmir were still closed for traffic following one foot to three feet of snowfall.

A traffic police official said last night that following improvement in the weather, stranded vehicles between Banbihal to Ramban were allowed to proceed towards Srinagar.

He said all the stranded vehicles would be cleared before allowing fresh traffic from Srinagar and Jammu, subject to road conditions.

Delhiites got some respite from the sweeping cold wave with minimum temperature in the national capital rising to 7.4 degrees Celsius.

The maximum temperature was recorded at 23.1 degrees.

Several incoming and outgoing flights were delayed for the fourth consecutive day Sunday due to low visibility at both the international and domestic airports in Delhi.

In the north-west plains, the mercury further rose following cloudy weather, even as parts of Punjab and Haryana had traces of rainfall.

Amritsar, which recorded a minimum temperature of 5.2 degrees elsius, experienced light showers Sunday.

Chandigarh, Ambala and a few other places in the plains reported traces of rain in the early hours.

In Himachal Pradesh, the high altitude areas in tribal district of Lahaul Spiti and Pangi and Bharmour areas in Chamba district had another spell of snowfall since Saturday.

The entire tribal belt was under the impact of freezing cold wave conditions with Kalpa in tribal Kinnaur district recording the minimum temperature at minus 1.0 degrees.

The 13,050-foot high Rohtang Pass also had moderate snowfall, intensifying cold conditions in Kullu district.

The night temperatures also increased in Haryana with Karnal showing 10.2 degrees, Ambala 8.7 degrees, Hisar 9.2 degrees and Narnaul 7.3 degrees.

In Manipur, the mercury level rose slightly giving some respite to people from the biting cold with the state recording a minimum temperature at 6.3 degrees and the maximum at 23.6 degrees.

The weatherman said mainly dry weather prevailed in Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, east Rajasthan, Gujarat, Konkan, Goa, Madhya Maharashtra, Marathwda, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Kerala and Andaman and Nicobar.

Night temperatures were appreciably to markedly below normal in some parts of Bihar, east Uttar Pradesh, south Madhya Maharashtra, coastal and interior Karnataka and were below normal in some parts of Jharkhand, Konkan, Goa coastal Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and remaining parts of interior Karnataka.


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