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Cold wave sweeps region

Chandigarh, December 30
The entire north-west plains from Ganganagar in Rajasthan to Pathankot in Punjab today remained enveloped in fog which led to delay in the road, rail and air traffic in the region.

The prevailing cold wave with dense fog during morning and night would continue for the next two days with not much change in the minimum temperatures which remained between 6C and 7C in Punjab and Haryana, the weather office here said.

The city and its surrounding areas of Punjab and Haryana experienced a minimum of 7.2C with negligible visibility in the early morning hours.

In one such report, three scooter-borne persons were killed after their vehicle collided with a tempo near the banks of river Beas in Gurdaspur district. Similarly, one person was killed following a collision between two vehicles due to poor visibility on national highway near Hisar in Haryana last night.

In Punjab, Amritsar and Patiala had the minimum temperature of 7C and Ludhiana 7.1C , a degree above normal.

In Haryana, Ambala had the minimum of 7.1C, while Hisar experienced 7.3C , a degree above normal.

The weather forecast here said the fog or low clouds due to lifting of fog would remain in Punjab and Haryana for the next two days with no major change in day and night temperatures.

Fog caused inconvenience to the thousands of commuters. The Jet Airways flight to the city from Delhi and back was cancelled due to dense fog, official sources said.

Almost all trains coming from Delhi side towards Punjab, Haryana and Jammu Tawi stations were running late.

Trains coming from the Delhi side, including Shane-e-Punjab and Jalandhar-New Delhi-Amritsar Express, had to be cancelled due to bad weather, they said.

Many trains, coming from Delhi side were running late by several hours including Chandigarh-Shatabdi and Himalayan Queen, late by an hour each, Jaipur-Jammu Tawi, late by nine hours and Frontier Mail, delayed by two hours.

The buses plying on the inter-state routes during the night and early mornings got delayed by at least two hours.

Shimla recorded a high of 12.1C and the low stood at 4.3C. Bhuntar and Sundernagar, the other places in Himachal had a cold night with minimum dipping to 0.2C and 0.7C respectively.

In Jammu and Kashmir, the people in Srinagar witnessed seasons one of the coldest night as mercury plummeted to record minus 5C, the official said adding the maximum was recorded at 11.3C. PTI, UNIBack

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