Cold wave unabated in UP, 14 more die

Last Updated: Sun, Jan 06, 2013 10:48 hrs

Lucknow: The cold wave continued unabated for the fourth day in Uttar Pradesh Sunday, with the lowest night temperature of 0.3 degrees Celsius recorded in Muzaffarnagar.

A dense fog enveloped most parts of the sprawling state, specially the western districts closer to Delhi.

Icy winds made things worse as people preferred to stay indoors. The homeless were left to fend for themselves on city roads.

In many areas, day temperatures went down to 12 degrees Celsius, which is 5 degrees less than normal.

Regional Met Director J.P. Gupta attributed the cold wave to the icy winds blowing from the foothills of the Himalayas and said the condition would remain more or less the same in the coming days.

The icy winds are sweeping the state at 10 km per hour.

Temperatures were low in more than a dozen places including Agra (1.1), Ghazipur (1.5) and Najibabad (1.10), Gupta told IANS.

In Lucknow, Etawah, Allahabad, Fatehgarh and Moradabad it was between 2 and 3 degrees celsius.

In the Avadh region, as many as 14 people perished to the cold wave. These included five in Bahraich, three each in Faizabad, Amethi and Barabanki, reports reaching here said.

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