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Cold Weather Leaves 50 Dead In India

December 29, 2012

By Paul Homewood


Cold condition worsens in North India, over 50 dead


According to India’s ZeeNews,

North and eastern India continues to face extreme weather conditions with the cold wave claiming more than 50 lives so far, reports said on Friday. At least 30 people died of the cold in Uttar Pradesh alone in the 24 hours till Thursday evening.

The mercury dropped below four degrees Celsius in many parts of Uttar Pradesh. Even though the fog receded in several parts of the state, the cold continued to bite.

On Thursday, there were 11 deaths reported from Bihar. The toll to inclement weather in the state this year has so far reached 18. The maximum number of deaths, between Wednesday and Thursday morning, were reported from Bhadohi district in UP where five people succumbed to the cold.

As many as four people died in Balia and three each in Allahabad, Mirzapur, Sonebhadra, Ghazipur, Barabanki, Chandauli and Azamgarh districts. Shrawasti and Mau districts have reported one deaths each, a state government official said.

Even though the Meteorology Department has forecast a slight improvement in the weather condition today, with officials predicting a clear sky and light mist in the morning, cold winds are expected to sweep parts of the region.

The thick fog cover has also hit the
rail and air traffic in the state. Many trains were running behind schedule, especially those coming from Punjab, Bihar and Delhi, a railways official said.


Mean temperatures in December are usually around 17C, in this part of India.

One Comment
  1. John F. Hultquist permalink
    December 31, 2012 6:39 am

    New Years Eve we (central Washington State) are expected to have a temperature of about
    -12.7777778° Celsius. [All that precision makes me laugh; that’s a web conversion of 9° F.] We are used to colder so no one is likely to die from the cold. Too much booze, yes. Auto accidents, yes.

    That below normal ( 4 versus 17) with mist, fog, and wind becomes serious for many. A number of years ago we had -27° C lows for about 3 weeks with no high above freezing. Not fun.

    The really sad thing is when people have not and cannot prepare for the extremes.

    I’ve left a comment on the Dec. 20 “Floods” post. It too speaks to the disparity in context.

    Happy New Year,

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