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Cold wave gets worse
Tribune News Service & PTI

New Delhi, January 12
Cold conditions worsened in parts of north India where Jammu and Kashmir and Himachal Pradesh reeled under sub-zero temperatures today while icy winds swept across Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh, even as 290 people died of cold so far this season.

Two fresh deaths were reported from Muzaffarnagar district in Uttar Pradesh, which alone has accounted for 264 casualties so far this winter.

Delhi experienced intense cold because of chilly winds though the minimum temperature rose marginally to settle at 7C. The conditions will continue in the city for next couple of days. Cold conditions worsened in Jammu and Ladakh regions with fall in mercury level, though there was some improvement in night temperatures in Kashmir valley.

Amritsar was the coldest place in Punjab with a low of 2.2C, two notches below normal, while Ludhiana and Patiala recorded minimum temperatures of 6.2C and 5.8C. Chandigarh had a low of 5.8C. 

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