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Haze turns deadly in Punjab:

Six including three girls died in road accidents, the red alert from the Meteorological Department in 17 districts

The smog has started wreaking havoc in Punjab. Six including three girls were killed in five accidents on Monday, while more than 15 people were injured. The Meteorological Department says that the fog will continue in Punjab for the next five days. A red alert has been issued in 17 districts for Tuesday.

A Tata 407 collided with a tree after hitting a sugarcane-laden trolley parked on the road late on Sunday night near the village Harigarh under Sadar Nabha police station in Patiala. Due to this, three people aboard the Tata 407 were killed, while six were injured. After the accident, the injured were being taken out when a speeding unknown vehicle crushed two more people.
Both are in critical condition in the accident. These people have been referred to PGI. Those killed in the accidents have been identified as Surinder Singh, Gurdeep Singh, and Sher Mohammad, residents of Hanthan village. Nabha DSP Davinder Attri said that the accident happened due to fog.
In Fazilka too, three girls died in an accident, while the father was seriously injured. Sultan Singh, a laborer undergoing treatment at the government hospital, told that he was going home on Sunday night with three daughters on a bike. A speeding unknown pickup hit them near Kharas Wali Dhani.
His daughters Simranjit (9 years), Kulwinder (7 years), and Meera Bai (4 years) were injured in the accident. The injured were admitted to Fazilka Government Hospital for treatment, where doctors declared Kulwinder brought dead. Simranjeet and Meera Bai were referred to Faridkot. Both died during treatment.
At the same time, a car fell into a pit due to fog on Monday morning from a temporary bridge built with a closed bridge in the Old Bishan Nagar area in Patiala. Both the women have been taken out safely in the accident. Both have got some injuries. People around took him to the hospital.
Eight vehicles collided in Bathinda and nine in Gidderbaha
Four accidents took place in Bathinda also due to smog. Eight vehicles collided due to fog on the Bathinda-Chandigarh National Highway. Although no one suffered many injuries in the accident. Only one person was injured. At the same time, a PRTC bus collided with a tractor-trolley while overtaking the flyover of Thehri village on the Giddarbaha-Malot road. After this, about nine vehicles collided with each other one after the other. There was no loss of life in the accident. A school van also collided with these vehicles, in which 13 students and a PT teacher were aboard. Everyone is safe.
The haze will prevail for the next five days
Dense haze wreaked havoc in Punjab on Monday. During this, the visibility was 0 to 50 meters at Ludhiana, Patiala, Amritsar, Faridkot, and some other places. The Meteorological Department has also issued a red alert for 17 districts of Majha, Doaba, and East Malwa of Punjab for Tuesday. In these districts, especially in the morning and night, there will be cold waves with dense fog. Visibility at these places is expected to be recorded around zero. On the other hand, Bathinda was the coldest in Punjab on Monday at 2.6 degrees Celsius.
According to the forecast of the Meteorological Department, the outbreak of dense fog will not reduce at present. The department has issued a red alert for Pathankot, Gurdaspur, Amritsar, Tarn Taran, Hoshiarpur, Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar, Kapurthala, Jalandhar, Ludhiana, Barnala, Mansa, Sangrur, Malerkotla, Fatehgarh Sahib, Rupnagar, Patiala and Mohali for Tuesday.
According to the department’s warning, there will be dense fog and cold waves in these districts on Tuesday morning and night. Visibility can go down to zero. On the other hand, Amritsar’s minimum temperature was 5.5 degrees, Ludhiana’s 4.2, Patiala’s 6.5, and Jalandhar’s 6.8 degrees. According to Manmohan Singh, director of the Chandigarh Meteorological Center, people in the districts with red alerts should handle and drive slowly in dense fog in the morning and night, because the dense fog can continue to haunt them for a few

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