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Cold wave

Silchar, Dec. 27: The Dima Hasao district in Barail hill range has been under a severe cold spell for the past three days with the mercury plummeting to 5 degrees Celsius.

The Met office here said the dip in temperature in the adjoining district is the lowest recorded this winter.

The areas bordering Nagaland and Manipur in Dima Hasao have been shrouded in thick fog for the past six days, reports said.

Parikshit Barman, medical and health officer in the 150-bed Haflong hospital, said six persons in the age group of 12 to 70 years, have been admitted with complaints of cold strokes.

He said two persons have been shifted to GMCH in Guwahati as their condition turned serious.

Sources said over telephone from Haflong today that apart from the chill, people have also been hit by intermittent power cuts in many areas. An official in the Dima Hasao Autonomous District Council said today they are now considering a proposal to distribute blankets among the poor in view of the prevailing cold wave.

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