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Cold wave intensifies grip in UP, claims 8 lives

Cold wave intensified its grip in different parts of Uttar Pradesh with mercury dipping to sub-zero levels and snuffing out eight lives while dense fog threw transport systems out of gear in most areas.

While six persons were killed and 34 others injured when a truck fell into a canal in Kadura area amidst dense fog, two deaths were reported in an accident in Kushinagar due to poor visibility.

Though weather was dry over the state, fog occurred at most places adversely hitting air, train and vehicular traffic. Cold weather conditions prevailed at few places over western UP and isolated places over eastern UP, a MeT official said. Night temperatures fell in Moradabad division. They were appreciably below normal in Gorakhpur, Varanasi, below normal in Allahabad and Lucknow divisions.

Lowest minimum temperature over the state was 3.0 degree Celsius recorded at Nazibabad(Bijnore).

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