Bhubaneswar: Intense cold gripped Sundargarh district on Thursday with mercury level falls to three degree Celsius in Koida block and hilly terrains of Tensa.

Koida BDO Parikshit Sethi said the minimum temperature was recorded at three degree around 4.30 AM on Thursday.

Sources said the normal life was totally affected in the district with vehicles remaining off the road due to thick fog. At Tensa’s Zero Point the temperature was below three degrees which is located in the middle of a hill about 100 km from Rourkela.

Likewise, Sundargarh town recorded 6.5 degree Celsius. Rourkela city recorded minimum temperature at 8.7 degree.