Six died in the Avadh region, two each in Meerut and Kanpur, seven in Moradabad and six in Aligarh as the cold wave continued unabated.

More than 150 trains here were delayed due to fog and poor visibility. Trains such as Punjab Mail, Saryu-Yamuna Express, New Delhi-Jalpaiguri Express, Kota-Patna Express, Sadbhavna Express, Kumbh Express, Vaishali Express, besides others, were delayed by 10-12 hours, a railway official told media.

Flights were also disrupted due to dense fog on Monday with the Air India flight from New Delhi delayed by six hours and a Jet Airways flight being cancelled.

A state government spokesman told media that authorities have ordered all government aided and private schools in the state to remain shut till December 28.The minimum temperature here was 5 degrees Celsius on Monday.

The coldest place in the state at 2.3 degrees Celsius was Meerut, while it was 2.5 degrees Celsius in Muzaffarnagar, and 3.5 degrees Celsius in Varanasi. The Met Office has said the cold wave condition would continue in the coming days.

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