Fog delays flights, trains in Delhi

Delhi fog Low visibility results in delays diversions of flights at IGI airport

Delhi fog Low visibility results in delays diversions of flights at IGI airport

Six flights were cancelled and over 60 delayed due to fog at the Indira Gandhi International Airport here this morning. On Sunday, 54 domestic and 11 worldwide flights were delayed due to bad weather. According to an airport official, flights were stopped from taking off between 6 and 10 a.m., while landing on nearly all flights was delayed.

Visibility improved to 2,000 metres later in the day and operations were restored to normal.

"Runway visibility since 5.30 am has been between 50-75 metres".

Yesterday, the maximum and minimum temperatures were recorded at 22.6 and 7.2 degrees Celsius respectively.

The flight operations at the airport were halted for about five hours.

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All flights - both domestic and worldwide - were not allowed to take off between 6 am and 11 am. The landings can take place with a visibility of 50 metres, however, for take-off, a minimum visibility of 125 metres is required. More than 64 trains were reported running late and 24 had to be rescheduled. 15 have been cancelled, the Northern Railways said.

In fact, this dense fog envelope would be responsible for a drop in the maximum temperatures over Delhi-NCR. An official of the department said that it was the densest fog of this season. 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.

Pollution levels in the capital also shot up.

Many took to Twitter to share pictures of their areas covered by the blinding fog as the hashtag #delhifog was among the most trending topics on the microblogging site.

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