Cold claims 2 lives in Rajasthan, Churu freezes at -2.2 degree C

Kashmir cold

Mercury touched a new low in Rajasthan claiming two lives in Bundi even as temperature in Churu dipped below zero for the first time this season.

The minimum temperature recorded at Churu was 2.2 degree Celsius.

This was followed by Pilani, recording a minimum of minus 0.8 Celsius while in hilly region, Mount Abu recorded zero degree Celsius, according to Met department here.

In Bundi, two persons identified as Mangilal (55) and Radha Krishn (80) fell prey to the cold wave and died last night at separate places, police said.

There was no respite from shivering cold in other parts too where Ganganagar, Bikaner, Jaipur and Chittorgarh recorded minimum of 0.8, 2.4, 3.2 and 4.2 degree Celsius respectively.

Night temperature at other places remained between 5.8 and 7 degree Celsius.

Several places also had ground frost while fog continued to envelop some regions affecting vehicular movement in early morning hours.

Six die as minimum temperature touches sub-zero in Haryana

The intense cold wave conditions today aggravated in most parts of Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh with minimum plunging below zero degree Celsius in Hisar and Narnaul, claiming six lives.

Meanwhile, thick blanket of fog continued played havoc with normal life in the entire region, reducing visibility to just few metres even as the MeT forecast further drop in minimum temperatures with dense fog and misty condition to prevail.

Chandigarh, the joint capital of agrarian states of Punjab and Haryana, recorded a low of 3 degrees Celsius, two notches below normal, the MeT office said here.

It was the lowest temperature ever recorded in Chandigarh in the winter season.

Hisar and Narnaul settled at sub-zero levels with Hisar braving an all-time low of minus 1.1 degrees Celsius, six notches below normal while Narnaul registered a low of zero degrees Celsius, five notches below normal.

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