Dense fog engulfs Delhi-NCR, visibility zero

Dense fog engulfs Delhi-NCR, visibility zero

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

Dense fog at the national capital caused fall of the visibility level below 50 meters - less than the minimum needed for flight operations - resulting in the delay in departure or diversion of domestic and worldwide flights coming for Delhi. Over 270 flights were delayed.

On Sunday moring, over 40 flights were diverted to other airports and several were cancelled. "This is so far the worst fog we have experienced this year".

The drop in visibility levels forced authorities at the IGI airport to put in place CAT III B procedures which allows aircraft to land even under 50-metre visibility, an IGI official said. The maximum temperature was likely to hover around 23 degrees Celsius, an India Meteorological Department official said.

At the airport's Terminal 1 or T1, the waiting hall and the area near the boarding gates were packed with people sitting on the floor and staircases waiting for word on their delayed flights.

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Visibility at the airport fell to as low as 50 metres on the morning of New Year's Eve, with flight schedules going haywire.

The low visibility led to the cancellation of one flight and rescheduling of five domestic and seven International flights at the Indira Gandhi International (IGI) Airport.

The day's average air quality index (AQI) was at 400, classified as "very poor" by the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB).

The National Capital Region (NCR) has been witnessing heavy smog condition for the last two months - following Diwali festival - due to pollutants sourced from automobile emissions, road dust, industrial emissions and huge volume of smoke resulted due to crop-residue burning on vast swathes of land in neighboring Punjab and Haryana.

At railway stations across north India, hundreds of passengers were also left stranded after multiple trains got delayed due to the thick fog today.

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