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Thick fog envelops Delhi, air and rail traffic hit

Dense fog continued to affect rail and air traffic for the fifth consecutive day in the national capital as 21 Int'l, 3 domestic flights have been delayed causing inconvenience to score of travellers.

delhi Updated: Jan 18, 2010 09:05 IST

Dense fog continued to affect rail and air traffic for the fifth consecutive day in the national capital on Monday as 21 international, 3 domestic flights have been delayed causing inconvenience to score of travellers.

The rail traffic has also been disrupted with 13 trains being delayed.

"Delhi will witness fog on Monday. Fog will remain till the forenoon and the sky will be mainly clear during the day. The minimum temperature is expected to be around seven degrees Celsius while the maximum is expected to hover around 17 degrees Celsius," an official of the India Meteorological Department (IMD) told IANS.

The minimum temperature recorded on Sunday was 7.7 degrees Celsius, one degree above average, and the maximum was recorded at 14.3 degrees Celsius, seven degrees below average, the met official said.

"On Sunday, visibility till 9 a.m. was less than 50 meters. The condition improved later in the day," the official added.

Earlier on Sunday morning, heavy fog descended over the national capital disrupting air and rail traffic.

"The fog triggered chaos at the Indira Gandhi International Airport in the morning when runway visibility was less than 50 metres and low-visibility procedures had to be implemented. At least five flights were cancelled," said an airport spokesperson.

Runway visibility should be at least 150 metres for a plane to take off or land.

Even worse hit was the railways schedule, with numerous trains being delayed or cancelled.

"The heavy fog cover disrupted the schedule of many trains on Sunday also. Thirty-three trains were rescheduled, 51 were delayed by more than three hours and 33 were cancelled or partially cancelled," a Northern Railways spokesperson said.

"Partially cancelled means that the services on a part of the route were cancelled," he explained.