Lucknow, Jan 5 (IANS) With a dozen deaths reported Wednesday, the biting chilly winds blowing across the plains of Uttar Pradesh have claimed 48 lives this winter.
According to information available at the disaster management office at the state headquarters here, seven people have died of cold in Pratapgarh, three in Barabanki and one each in Jaunpur and Deoria districts since Tuesday evening.
Meanwhile, Churk town in Mirzapur district, where the mercury dipped to a record low of 0.6 degree Celsius Tuesday morning, continued to remain the coldest at 2.6 degrees Wednesday.
The state capital Lucknow recorded a minimum of 4.6 degrees Wednesday morning. The temperature went up to 16.6 degrees later in the day, but the sun remained hidden behind thick fog and clouds.
An icy breeze left the city streets deserted. People chose to remain confined to their homes and offices, and even school kids preferred classrooms to playgrounds.
The local administration claimed to have made provision for more than 200 bonfires in different parts of the city to provide respite to pavement dwellers, for whom it was the toughest ride.
Elsewhere in the state, Agra recorded a minimum of 3.4 degrees Celsius, Varanasi 4.2 degrees and Allahabad 4.8.