New Year begins on foggy note; 300 flights, 100 trains affected

Violet Powell
January 2, 2018

At Indira Gandhi International (IGI) Airport, 20 flights were delayed while six were reported cancelled.

A thick blanket of fog engulfed the national capital and its suburbs on the New Year Day with visibility dropping to zero, hitting domestic and global operations at the Delhi airport and delaying trains departing from and arriving to Delhi. Majority of the flights to New Delhi and other areas were delayed by about three hours from Hyderabad.

At least 21 trains were cancelled and 64 delayed due to fog, while 24 were rescheduled due to fog in several parts of northern India.

Delhiites on Monday witnessed dense fog for the second consecutive day with minimum temperature settling at 5.7 degree Celcius. Among the 300 hundred delayed, 265 were domestic flights and the rest global.

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In neighbouring Rajasthan, at least four people were killed and four injured when their auto fell into a pond due to low visibility caused by fog in Bharatpur's Dig. The national transporter has recently installed 4,920 such devices in the most fog-affected rail zones.On Sunday, the minimum temperature had settled at 6.4 degrees Celsius, a notch below normal.almost all flights arriving and departing from Delhi were affected.

The sky will remain clear during the day, an India Meteorological Department official said. Save for a couple of worldwide flights, all other flights that were heading North were delayed, they said. The humidity at 8.30 a.m. was 97% and the visibility was 300 metres.

On January 1, 2018, the air pollution in the national capital stood on the brink of emergency level adding to the worsening fog condition.

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