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Delhi fogged up on New Year Day, flights, trains disrupted

02 January 2018

On Saturday, Delhi recorded a minimum temperature of 7.2 degree Celsius; the maximum temperature was recorded at 22.6 degree Celsius.

While 54 domestic flights were delayed and 17 diverted to other airports, eleven global flights were delayed and 8 were diverted due to the dense fog. Among the 300 hundred delayed, 265 were domestic flights and the rest global. "This is so far the worst fog we have experienced this year", said RK Jenamani, Director, IMD, Delhi area and IGI airport.

More than 40 flights were diverted and over 90 flights were affected at Delhi airport before flight operations got back to normalcy, the source said. Flights can land in visibility below 50 metres if pilots are trained in CAT IIIB - which is Category Three.

In neighbouring Rajasthan, at least four people were killed and four injured when their vehicle fell into a pond due to low visibility caused by fog in Bharatpur's Dig. Trains were also hit today due to fog. The visibility later improved to 100 metres at 3 a.m. and to 200 metres at 6 a.m. Piolet from Indira Gandhi International Airport requires 125 meters visibility.

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In fact, this dense fog envelope would be responsible for a drop in the maximum temperatures over Delhi-NCR.

On January 1, 2018, the air pollution in the national capital stood on the brink of emergency level adding to the worsening fog condition. 64 trains were delayed and 21 cancelled while 24 were rescheduled, according the spokesperson for the Northern Railways.

The fog also affected train operations with more than 50 trains running behind schedule at the New Delhi railway station.

Delhi fogged up on New Year Day, flights, trains disrupted