As New Delhi witnessed temperature dips to six degrees, the cold wave also gripped its neighbours resulting in astounding consequences – 70 deaths were reported from Uttar Pradesh.
As many as 22 deaths were reported from Poorvanchal; three each in Brij and Bareilly; 11 in Allahabad and 28 in Bundelkhand.
Ram Kishore Rawat, 40, and Mahesh, 35, died in Barabanki district owing to harsh climatic conditions. One person was reported dead in Harchandpur in Faizabad, an infant in Ambedkarnagar, one in Rae Bareli’s Makhdoompur and one in Unchahaar.
Reports suggest that most bonfires has been utilized by “VVIPs” and were being lit outside the bungalows of ministers and political leaders.
Allegations by locals and social groups have forced Lucknow Mayor Sanyukta Bhatia to demand quick explanation from the city Commissioner on this bias in log wood distribution.
She also admitted to having received calls pertaining to biased distribution of wood otherwise meant for bonfires at public places to provide some respite for the public.
Sultanpur district stood the coldest in the past 24 hours with the mercury dipping to 2.8 degrees Celsius. Lucknow followed at three degrees Celsius. Friday incidentally served as the coldest day of the season too.
The weatherman has forecasted that the cold wave would intensely persist for the next few days while the temperatures were only likely to improve post January 10.
Low temperatures such as 3.4 degrees Celsius were recorded at Bahraich, 4.9 in Muzaffarnagar, 4.2 in Kanpur,3.4 in Barabanki , while Varanasi, Meerut and Lakhimpur Kheri all faced a temperature of five degrees Celsius.