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Dal Lake freezes partially; 22 trains cancelled in N. India

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The intense sweeping northern froze parts of the famous in Srinagar, where the minimum temperature further dropped to -6.3C, as dense forced the to cancel 22 north-bound trains. A department official said in that the city clocked the season's lowest temperature last night as cold wave continued its record breaking spree. It was the fourth straight night when the minimum temperature settled at -6.0C or below. town, in region of Jammu and Kashmir, at - 23.6C and the nearby Leh town at -17.4C also experienced the season's coldest night. Several water bodies, including the Dal Lake, in the state partially froze and water pipes burst in many areas, disrupting supply to residents. Frequent power outages lasting up to 18 hours in rural areas only added to the discomfort. is now under the grip of 'Chillai-Kalan' a 40- day harshest period of winter - which ends on January 31.

The cold wave, however, continues even after that in the valley. Due to the dense sweeping northen India, 22 north India-bound trains were cancelled, three rescheduled and 49 were running late this morning, a official said. In Himachal Pradesh, the office said the intense cold wave sweeping parts of the state, particularly the hills, would continue for three days. The dry spell, making apple growers anxious, would also continue until Jan. 16, it said. Shimla and Dharamsala, however, were warmer today and recorded minimum temperatures of 7.8C and 5.4C respectively. got a slight respite from the biting cold as the minimum temperature rose to 6.8C from yesterday's 4.2C. The sun shone bright and the maximum temperature settled at 23.4C, three notches above the average, a department official said in New But the swept through most places in and Adampur town in district was the coldest place in the two states at 0.6C. Chandigarh, the joint capital of the two states, shivered at 4.8C, a degree below the normal, the office there said. Narnaul and Karnal in braved cold conditions at 2.5C and 2.2C respectively, up to five notches below the normal. In Punjab, experienced bone-chilling at 2.4C, while and shivered at 7.4C and 6C. In Uttar Pradesh, dense and continued to hit normal life, prompting the to take steps to ensure that the poor do not suffer because of the The district magistrates have been directed to monitor blanket distribution, bonfire arrangements and condition of night shelters over next two days, a said. The office in said dense to very dense enveloped a few places in eastern and isolated places in the western part of the state. The night temperature was markedly below the normal in Moradabad, Faizabad, Allahabad, divisions and below the normal in Kanpur, and divisions. Muzaffarnagar recorded the lowest minimum temperature in the state at 2.2C. In Rajasthan, Fatehpur Shekawati recorded the season's lowest at - 1.2C, followed by Sikar at 0.5C, a department official said in According to the North-Western Railways, several trains were running late in the state. "New Jalpaiguri-Udaipur Express was delayed by 22 hours 15 minutes, Sealdaah-Ajmer by 14 hours 20 minutes, Hyderabad-Ajmer by 8 hours 40 minutes," a spokesperson said.

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First Published: Wed, January 10 2018. 20:35 IST
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