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Bad weather claims lives in India

Posted on Feb 18, 09:55PM | IBNS

New Delhi, Feb 18 : Bad weather conditions in India claimed several lives in Andhra Pradesh while it destroyed crops in northern regions and upset flight schedules in the national capital.

At least 17 people have been killed as a result of heavy rains in Andhra Pradesh, reports said on Monday.

Other reports said a wide range of crops have been destroyed in Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh.

Meanwhile, dense fog in North India have resulted in the delay of at least 15 flights leaving Delhi Airport on Monday.

However, the Met Department had forecast a clear sky for the national capital on Monday.

Earlier on Sunday, higher parts of Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh recorded heavy snowfall. Nainital also witnessed heavy snowfall on Sunday night.

While Delhi witnessed a cloudy sky since Sunday morning, other parts of North India received heavy rainfall as a result of the Western Disturbances, the Indian Meteorological Department said.

Himachal Pradesh experienced chilling cold on Sunday with the state capital Shimla recording a temperature of minus 0.2 degrees Celsius.

Reports said the minimum temperatures dropped to minus 4 and minus 2.5 degrees Celsius at Kalpa and Keylog in tribal districts of Kinnaur and Lahaul and Spiti, which received 40 cms and 15 cms of snow.

Areas like Badrinath, Kedarnath and Gangotri also received snowfall recording low temperatures.

The Kashmir Valley also experienced chilling weather with Srinagar recording a minimum temperature of 2.9 degrees Celsius, slightly down from the previous night's 3.1 degrees Celsius.

Tourist destination Gulmarg recorded a minimum of minus 11.2 degrees Celsius while Pahalgam in south Kashmir registered a low of minus 0.5 degrees Celsius.