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North India reels under cold wave

New Delhi, Sat, 17 Dec 2011 ANI

New Delhi/Patna/Kullu, Dec 17 (ANI): Residents across north of India faced the brunt of a dip in temperature as the biting cold forced them to remain inside their homes and low visibility due to fog played havoc with flight and train schedules in the entire region.


The National Capital Region of Delhi recorded a minimum temperature of five degree Celsius today, which was three degree below normal. The Meteorological Department has predicted clear sky during day with mild mist and fog on Sunday morning in Delhi.


Homeless people in Patna shivered as the mercury dipped further on Saturday. They urged the Bihar Government to come to their rescue.


The failure of the state authorities to provide adequate shelter forced these poor people to spend the nights on pavements.


"We all are poor labourers. The government has not provided us anything. We are using sacks to cover ourselves while sleeping. Neither wood nor blanket has been provided to us. What do we do now?" said Tabul Ansari, a labourer.


The cold wave has swept the region and people, particularly the poor, had very few warm clothes to keep them warm.


"I pull rickshaws. I have no place to live. I sleep on the footpath. When it is cold, I used to sleep wherever I get space. No arrangement has been made," said Munim Khan, a rickshaw puller.


In the Kullu region of Himachal Pradesh, the minimum temperature touched the freezing point while the maximum temperature recorded was around12-13 degree Celsius.


"It has become extremely cold in Kullu. It's very cold here for the past four-five days and the temperature has lowered down enormously," said Anand Sharma, a resident.


The residents also stated that during winter season, commuting becomes difficult particularly when the snowfall is heavy confining them to their homes.


Cold wave has already swept many parts of north India. Thick fog at dawn and dusk has resulted in delay of flights and several trains are either running late or are being cancelled. (ANI)


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