Severe cold wave continues to grip north India; death toll reaches 107 in UP

India cold

People across India face the wrath of dipping mercury, as the cold wave further intensified in several parts of the country.

Delhi yesterday witnessed its coldest day of January in the past 44 years, with the maximum temperature dipping to 9.8 degrees Celsius.

The minimum temperature was not too far behind at 4.8 degrees Celsius, which is two degrees below normal.

Meteorologist M Duraiswamy said that January 2 has been reported as the coldest day in the last 44 years.

"The bone chilling wind is coming from western side, north western side. We are receiving cold wind from Pakistan and Afghanistan and that is why the temperature has dipped a lot to 9.8. It has been reported maximum temperature in last 44 years," said Duraiswamy.

In Uttar Pradesh, cold wave has claimed 15 more lives. The death toll in the state during this season has gone up to 107.

Officials said four people died in Muzaffarnagar, three in Mathura, two each in Agra, Bulandshahr, Etah and one each in Barabanki and Mirzapur.

An unabated cold wave swept through Kashmir valley with further decline in night temperature in Srinagar.

Jammu region is facing bone-chilling cold coupled with foggy conditions.

The mercury fell overnight in Himachal Pradesh, but it registered an upswing in the day temperature. Clear sunshine gave little respite from extreme cold to people in the state.

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