The fog on Friday morning disrupted train services in vast parts of northern India with trains running late up to 18 hours.
In two separate accidents, eight persons were killed and five injured in road accidents due to poor visibility in Bharatpur area of Rajasthan, the police said.
The rail service bore the maximum brunt of poor visibility with 70 trains running behind schedule with some late by up to 18 hours.
The New Delhi-Kalka Shatabdi got delayed for over eight hours on Friday, second day in a row. The train’s scheduled arrival was at 11 am but the train had not arrived till 5.30 pm leaving the passengers harassed, officials said.
The North Western Railway chief public relation officer Tarun Jain said on Friday three trains have been cancelled, while timings of five trains have been rescheduled and fifteen trains were running late by one and a half hours to 18 hours.
Fog has been witnessed at Sriganganagar, Churu, Alwar, Bharatpur, Dholpur, Pilani and Sawai Madhopur.
At the Sri Guru Ram Das Jee international airport in Amritsar, at least 15 flights, including international ones, were delayed because of dense fog reducing visibility to 25 to 200 metres.
Punjab’s 553-km long international border was under the blanket of very thick fog with visibility reduced to zero, a Border Security Force (BSF) official said in Amritsar.
Hisar and its surrounding areas in Haryana were engulfed in thick fog cover with visibility reduced to less than 100 metres.
Traffic movement on the busy National Highway (NH-1), which runs through Punjab and Haryana, connecting Amritsar with Delhi, was also affected.
The minimum temperature at most places in Haryana and Punjab were recorded between 8-10 degrees Celsius.
The fog conditions are expected to continue over the next few days.
(With agency inputs)