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Intense cold kills over 70 in UP

IANS  |  Lucknow 

Extreme conditions prevailed in most parts of on Saturday. Lack of night shelters and amenities have already led to the death of over 70 homeless and poor people.

Phone calls to senior officials, including have remained unanswered.

Twenty two deaths have been reported from Poorvanchal; three each in Brij and Bareilly divisions; 11 in Allahabad division and 28 in Bundelkhand region.

Two persons - Ram Kishore Rawat, 40, and Mahesh, 35, have died in district due to the severe cold.

One person died in Harchandpur in Faizabad, an infant in Ambedkarnagar, one in Rae Bareli's Makhdoompur and one in Unchahaar.

A said that adequate arrangements have been made for bonfires and night shelters, though the ground realities were in stark contrast to these claims.

At many places in the state capital here, the claims have fallen flat in the last 48-hours.

Reports suggest that most bonfires have been taken over by "VVIPs" and were being lit outside the bungalows of Ministers, political leaders and the who's who in power.

Allegations by people and social groups have forced to call for explanation from the on this bias in log wood distribution.

She has admitted that she has been getting calls of biased distribution of wood meant for bonfires at public places.

district remained the coldest in the past 24 hours with the mercury dipping to 2.8 degrees Celsius.

shivered at three degrees Celsius. Friday was incidentally the coldest day of the season as well.

The weatherman has predicted that the would not subside for the next few days and the temperatures were only likely to improve after January 10.

Bahraich recorded 3.4 degrees Celsius, Muzaffarnagar (4.9), (4.2), (3.4), while Varanasi, and were all at five degrees Celsius.

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First Published: Sat, January 06 2018. 10:14 IST
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