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Punjab and Haryana shivered at a low of one to six degrees Celsius below normal, confining people indoors with markets wearing a deserted look as only a handful ventured out in the bone-chilling cold.
Four persons succumbed to the cold wave in Amritsar and one each in Hisar and Narnaul, officials said here, taking the total number of people falling pray to cold wave in Punjab and Haryana to 17 during the current winter spell. Of these, 13 have died in Punjab.
Bhiwani braved a low of 1.6 degrees Celsius followed by 3.5 degrees celsius at Ambala, three notches below normal.
Among other places, Ludhiana had a low of 4.2 degrees celsius, two notches below normal followed by 4.4 degrees celsius at Amritsar.
Patiala in Punjab shivered at a low of 3.5 degrees celsius, three notches below normal.
Meanwhile, in the wake of low visibility due to dense fog, air, rail and road traffic in the region continued to remain out of gear causing inconvenience to the commuters.
While most flights remained grounded at Chandigarh airport, several trains including Malwa express, Howrah express, Shatabdi, Tata Muri express, Shan-e-Punjab, Barmer express, Unchahar express and Lucknow mail were running late by several hours.
Frequent tripping of power and low water supply added to the woes of the people in the region.
Cold wave claims 15 more lives in Uttar Pradesh
The intense cold wave snuffed out 15 more lives in Uttar Pradesh taking the toll to 155 as mercury continued to plunge with Muzaffarnagar recording a low of 0.2 degree Celsius.
Three people each died in Bijnor, Etah and Muzaffarnagar, two each in Lalitpur and Mirzapur and one each in Unnao and Chandauli, officials said.
According to the Met office, maximum temperature was below normal by six to 13 degrees in many parts of the state and cold wave conditions would prevail during the next 48 hours.
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