Nagpur: As mercury dropped following cold wave conditions in North India and rains in neighbouring Chhattisgarh, Nagpur shivered. The chilly winds and biting cold brought the temperature down by five degree in the past 24 hours. And it took its toll as three persons died reported at Nagpur Railway Station. Apart from Nagpur, the entire Vidarbha is in grip of chill and the cold wave condition is likely to continue in the coming days as well, unabated, according to Met office in city.
Entire North including Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, National Capital, is experiencing biting cold with temperature notching below normal limits. The cloudy weather in Vidarbha a few days ago stalled the onset of chilly condition but as soon as the skies cleared the region started to take severe beating. Till now the mercury was hovering at 18.1 degree Celsius but the temperature took a chilly turn and the temperature nosedived by five degrees in the past 24 hours. The Thursday evening suddenly changed with chilly winds and drop in mercury forcing the poor citizens huddle around ‘fires’ in the night and others to consign themselves to indoors. The dawn of New Year could be also in the grip of cold, added the Met office.
Intense cold wave claimed lives of three persons in city. According to Railway Police, a person was found dead at the gate of the Station. A chit of paper found in the pocket of deceased identified the person as Sheikh Pintu, aged about 60 years. Similarly, an unidentified elderly man was found dead at the Western Gate of Railway Station. The deceased, wearing black shirt and trouser, is stated to be around 60-65 years. Moreover, a 55-year old man was found lying dead at Platform No. 7 from where Itarsi-bound train leaves. Police, after preliminary investigation, surmised that the deaths could be due to cold wave conditions.