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Dense fog disrupts flights, trains

At least 16 flights from Indira Gandhi Int'l Airport have been cancelled since 11 pm on Tuesday till Wednesday.

india Updated: Dec 27, 2006 14:17 IST
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India

Delhiites woke up to another foggy on Wednesday morning which disrupted air and rail traffic in the capital even as overnight rains resulted in the dipping of the temperature sharply.

At least 16 flights from Indira Gandhi International Airport were cancelled since 2200 hours last night till 0930 hours on Wednesday while 30 others were diverted to other destinations as the Runway Visibility Range (RVR) was reduced to 100 metres, an airport spokesperson said.

"We expect the situation will improve by noon," he said. Northern Railway sources said that due to poor visibility eight long-distance trains were running behind schedule with Farakka Express from Malda to Delhi was delayed by eight hours and thirty minutes.

However, there was no disruption of schedule of any train leaving capital's three major stations - New Delhi, Old Delhi and Hazarat Nizamuddin.

Delhi experienced 3.2 mm rainfall overnight which brought down the temperature and the minimum temperature was recorded at nine degree Celsius.

The weatherman has forecast a partly cloudy sky throughout the day and light rains in some parts of the city. The minimum temperature is likely to be around nine degree Celsius and vehicles had to switch on their fog lights to navigate through the fog.

First Published: Dec 27, 2006 00:16 IST