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16 more killed in UP as coldwave continues

(IANS) / 7 January 2013

NEW DELHI - North India continued to freeze on Sunday with life across the region hit by bone-numbing cold and the toll climbing to well over 100 with at least 16 more people dying in Uttar Pradesh, officials said.

The frigid conditions are expected to continue in the week ahead. The mercury fell to minus 18 degrees in Leh town of Jammu and Kashmir.

Transport was also hit with many flights and trains delayed by the dense fog. In Delhi, the minimum temperature dipped to a five-year low at 1.9 degrees Celsius, and the maximum was nine notches below average at 11.8 degrees. Fog delayed 68 flights, according to a statement from Delhi International Airport Ltd.

Over 70 trains were running behind schedule and 15 were cancelled due to dense fog, said a statement from Indian Railway. Bitter cold conditions continued to prevail in both Haryana and Punjab with temperature falling to minus 1.1 degrees Celsius in Haryana’s Hisar town.

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