9 die due to cold, fog

Cold weather conditions led to the death of nine persons in different parts of Uttar Pradesh as mercury dipped in many areas and moderate to dense fog shrouded vast swathes of the state.

Poor visibility due to dense fog caused several accidents killing three persons in Siddhartnagar district, and two each in Hardoi and Lakhimpur Kheri districts, officials said on Friday.

Meanwhile, an elderly man died of cold at Lauhrani in Siddhartnagar district on Thursday, while another died near Shastri Chowk in Basti district, the officials said.
A Met official here said dense fog occurred at most places over eastern Uttar Pradesh while isolated places in western region were covered by moderate fog.

According to the reports from Siddhartnagar and Basti districts, the region has been experiencing dense fog and dip in temperature for the past couple of days but the district administration is yet to make adequate arrangements for the poor who are made to spend the night in the open.

Muzaffarnagar recorded the state’s lowest temperature at 5.5 degree Celsius, the Met officials said.

Farmers killed

Police said three farmers were killed when their tractor trolley overturned on Sirsiya-Machiya road near Dhanohar bridge in Siddhartnagar district while two others died in Sandila of Hardoi district where a tractor trolley was hit by a train at a railway crossing.

In Lakhimpur Kheri district, two persons — a 16-year-old student and a woman teacher — died in separate accidents on Friday morning, police said, adding poor visibility due to dense fog led to these accidents.

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