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Posted on Jan 08, 11:18AM | UNI
This commercial town and neighbouring Jalpaiguri district today experienced the coldest day during the last 30 years as temperature plunged to 5 degrees Celsius.
IMD chief of the region Gopi Nath Raha said the mercury would fall further in the next 48 hours following a western disturbance and the sky will remain overcast.
The fresh cold-wave condition in the hills and plains of north Bengal dipped the mercury further to zero in Darjeeling and three degrees in Kalimpong, sending people to go for more warm clothes.
Besides the biting cold, fog added to motorists' problem. Air and rail services too have been affected, forcing people to wait for hours at different locations.
The Northeast Frontier Railway said many trains, both up and down, have been delayed by up to four hours due to poor visibility. Air traffic at Bagdogra airport was affected badly as also long distance bus services to Nepal, Bhutan and north east.
Poor visibility in the hills also hit hard as two accidents occurred in separate locations killing ae tourist from Kolkata and injuring 14 last night.
Gobinda Rakshit (55), a resident of Hatibagan, North Kolkata, was killed when a car taking him to Darjeeling from Mirik fell into a deep gorge at Jorepokhari Main Raod under Sukiapokhari last night. His wife and two of his companions and the driver were critically injured.
A pick-up van carrying 25 people back from Lava plunged into a deep ditch at Sombare Bazar last night. Nine people were critically injured. The injured were from Rajgunge and Belacoba had gone to picnic at Lava in Kalimpong.