Chandigarh: As eight people were injured as six vehicles piled up due to dense fog on Delhi-Ludhiana national highway on Thursday morning. Police said that six people were admitted to Sidhu Hospital in Doraha, and two were referred to Apollo Hospital in Ludhiana. The pile-up was reported near Rajgarh Bridge at Doraha. The vehicles involved in the collision were a roadways bus, two Innovas, an Ertiga, a Scorpio and an Indica. Police said that poor visibility was the reason for the incident. MeT official said that fog reduced visibility at Amritsar, Ludhiana, Patiala and Karnal on Thursday morning.
During the current month, the minimum temperature has been fluctuating in the two states. On February 2, the minimum temperature dropped below normal at most places while it rose by a few notches above normal limits the next day. On February 5, the minimum temperature rose between 6-10 degrees above normal, but dropped sharply between 2-5 degrees Celsius below normal two days later. On February 7, the night temperature again rose 2-4 notches above normal. The MeT officials said that such fluctuations in mercury were not unusual. During the current month, many weather systems including Western Disturbance remain active over the region because of which the temperature has been fluctuating. According to Surinder Paul, Director, Chandigarh’s MeT Department, “when the cloud cover was there, the temperature rose and when the sky turned clear, temperature dropped again. Such fluctuations are not unusual.” Mercury on Thursday dropped sharply in Punjab and Haryana with Karnal being the coldest place in the two states which have been witnessing fluctuations in minimum temperature during the current month, MeT officials said. While Karnal in Haryana reeled under biting cold conditions, recording 4.4 degree Celsius, down five notches against normal, Adampur turned out to be the coldest place in Punjab at 4.8 degree Celsius. Ludhiana residents also braved the chill at a low of five degree Celsius, down two notches against normal, a MeT Department official said here.
Patiala, too, had a cold night at 5.6 degrees Celsius, down four degrees. Halwara (5.7), Faridkot (5.5), Bathinda (6) and Amritsar (6.4 degree Celsius) also saw cold weather. Chandigarh recorded a low of 7.6 degree Celsius. Among other places in Haryana, Ambala recorded a low of 6.1 degree Celsius, down two notches against normal while Hisar recorded a low of 6.2 degree Celsius, three below normal limits.
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