Cold Wave: Toll Rises to 326

Death toll due to cold wave has soared up to 326 with 38 people dying in Uttar Pradesh alone in last twenty four hours, said media reports.

In UP, toll has reached 300. The fresh casualties were reported from Barabanki and Sitapur (5 each), Gonda and Varanasi (4 each), Etah and Orai (3 each), Lucknow, Muzaffarnagar, Kheri, Kushinagar, Balia and Chandauli (2 each) and Azamgarh and Basti (1 each), reported ANI     quoting official sources.
In Delhi, several flights were cancelled due to fog. The Meteorological Department has predicted dense fog in the capital over the next couple of days.

With a fall in mercury level, the cold conditions aggravated in Jammu and Ladakh regions, though night temperatures showed some improvements, said report.

Jammu recorded a minimum temperature of 2.7 degree Celcius while Banihal a minus 1.6 degree Celcius, the coldest place in the state.

In Leh, the night temperature dipped to minus 22 degree Celcius, while in Kargil it was minus 16.4 degree Celcius. Srinagar recorded a temperature of minus 3.6 degree Celcius, while the temperature recorded in Pahalgam was minimum of minus 5.5 degree Celcius.

The possibility of rains and thundershowers has been forecast in Punjab, Haryana and several parts of Himachal Pradesh in the next few days.

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