North India gripped by bitter cold and fog; roads in Himachal closed due to snowfall

Due to heavy snowfall in Himachal Pradesh, several roads have been closed and a number of power and water supply schemes have been disrupted. Due to dry northwesterly winds bringing cold air from the snow-covered Himalayas, several parts of India, including Himachal Pradesh, are experiencing a cold wave.

Wave conditions will prevail over Delhi, Punjab, Uttar Pradesh, and Madhya Pradesh for the next few days, according to the India Meteorological Department’s (IMD) forecast on Sunday.

On January 24 and 25, the IMD predicts heavy rain or snowfall in Jammu and Kashmir-Ladakh, Himachal Pradesh, and Uttarakhand.

Since Sunday, Himachal Pradesh has been blanketed in snow. Four national highways are among the roads in the state that have been closed.

“Heavy snowfall caused 731 roads to close, including four National Highways,” the state disaster management authority said. “1365 power supply schemes were disrupted, 102 water supply schemes were disrupted, and 3220 electricity supply schemes were disrupted, out of which 1,955 have been restored.”

Two of the four teenage boys who went on a trek in Kangra were found dead due to heavy snowfall. Kangra ASP Puneet Raghu told news agency ANI, “We are recording the statements of the two rescued boys who were injured due to a fall.”

Meanwhile, the national capital Delhi had a foggy morning on Monday, with a low temperature of eight degrees Celsius. According to IMD, the maximum temperature is expected to be around 16 degrees Celsius.

Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh, was also hit by the cold wave. In addition, dense fog prevailed in isolated pockets over East Uttar Pradesh, according to the MeT department.

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