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North India battles cold wave, 11 dead in three days

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First published: December 25, 2012, 6:21 AM IST | Updated: December 25, 2012
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North India battles cold wave, 11 dead in three days
More than 150 trains delayed and at the Indira Gandhi International airport, Delhi, fog delayed 120 flights.

New Delhi: Winter has set in across the north and the cold wave has intensified, claiming five more lives in Uttar Pradesh, taking the death toll to 11 in just three days. Temperatures have dropped to 2 degrees Celsius in some areas of Uttar Pradesh.

Maximum temperatures were below normal by 5 to 13 degree Celsius in parts of the state, meteorological department said.

The minimum temperature in Delhi on Monday was 7.7 degress Celsius. Cold wave swept most parts of Himachal Pradesh even as mercury rose by a few notches in lower areas of the hilly state.

But fog is again a major concern - affecting traffic trains and flights. More than 150 trains delayed and at the Indira Gandhi International airport, Delhi, fog delayed 120 flights and 18 flights were diverted to other airports.

One of the planes, which was carrying a Russian delegation and coming from Sheremetyevo International Airport in Moscow, was diverted to Jaipur after the runway visibility dropped significantly, the official said.

Two other international flights, one of Jet Airways from Singapore and other of China Southern Airlines from Guangzhou, were also diverted to Kolkata and Ahmedabad respectively.

With additional information from PTI

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