All schools closed as severe cold grips state – Temperatures 9-14°C below normal.
At least 26 persons have died in the state over the last two days due to the bone-chilling cold conditions with statewide maximum temperatures dipping about 9-14 degrees Celsius below normal. In Patna, the maximum temperature slipped to 9.7degrees Celsius – the steepest fall this winter. (Patna is the capital of the Indian state of Bihar.)
The administration ordered closure of all schools in the district till January 9.
According to reports, seven persons died in Nalanda, six each in Darbhanga and Kaimur districts, four in Saran, two in Sheikhpura and one in Vaishali district.
The cold caused railway tracks to crack at one place each in Munger and Bhojpur districts and briefly disrupted movement of trains, sources said.
Gaya was the coldest place in Bihar with the minimum temperature of 2.7°C on Monday. Jehanabad recorded a minimum temperature of 2.8°C, while the minimum in Patna was 6.1°C.
The maximum temperature in Patna was 9.7°C, 13 degrees Celsius below normal. In Bhagalpur, it was 13.2°C (11 degrees below normal), in Gaya 15.4°C (eight degrees below normal) while in Purnia 15.9°C (seven degrees below normal).
“Cold day conditions are prevailing over most parts of the state. The maximum temperatures are below normal by 9-14°C,” said Ashish Kumar Sen, director of the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD), Patna.
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