North bears brunt of cold wave; seven dead in Himachal

Last Updated 23 January 2013, 15:30 IST

North India continued to be under the grip of cold wave as temperatures remained below the normal levels in most parts of the region, while seven persons were killed in avalanches in Himachal Pradesh.

The national capital shivered due to the cold wave with the minimum temperature plummeting to 4.4 degrees Celsius, three notches below normal at this time of season.

Residents of Kashmir got a slight respite from the bitter cold conditions as the night temperatures across the Valley registered an increase of several degrees.

Most of the water bodies across the Valley, including the world famous Dal Lake, continued to be partially frozen.

The summer capital Srinagar, which recorded a low of minus 5.3 deg C yesterday, was warmer by two notches at minus of 3.2 deg C during the night, a Met Department spokesman said.

The minimum night temperature in Pahalgam, which serves as a base camp during the annual Amarnath yatra, was minus 7.0 deg C as compared to the previous night's minus of 13.2 deg C, the spokesman said.

In Gulmarg, the minimum night temperature settled at minus 9.6 deg C.

Leh town in the cold desert of Ladakh showed a slight drop in the temperature with a low of minus 19.4 deg C, making it the coldest place in the state.

Himachal Pradesh reeled under cold wave conditions even as the region had a dry day with partially clouded sky.

Seven persons had been killed while 15 houses and apple orchards were damaged in avalanches in tribal Kinnaur district during past four days.

Avalanche threat loomed large over high altitude tribal areas and people have been advised not to venture out till the weather conditions improve.

(Published 23 January 2013, 15:30 IST)

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