Intense fog affects trains, flights in Delhi (NCR)

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Railways had to cancel 18 trains while 62 were delayed, besides 20 rescheduled due to fog in several parts of North India.
New Delhi, January 05: In the last 2 days, Delhi has witnessed very dense fog in the early hours of the day. Thick, dense fog built up in the last two days led to suspension of landing operations at Delhi Airport for couple of hours. As of the morning of January 5, shallow to moderate fog is witnessed by many areas of the city.
Hundreds of passengers at the Indira Gandhi International (IGI) Airport and railways stations were stranded after operations of trains and flights continued to be affected. Around 62 trains in Delhi have been delayed, 20 rescheduled and 18 cancelled due to low visibility as fog continues to grip the region, reports ANI. 17 flights have been delayed at the Delhi Airport, at the time of filing this report. The air quality in the national capital has been keeping under ‘very poor’ category as the fog has not been allowing the particulate matter to disperse.
Yesterday, Northern Railway Chief Public Relations Officer (CPRO) Nitin Chowdhary told ANI that the Indian Railways has installed a fog-safety device in the trains to prevent their long delays in winters.
Earlier on Tuesday, the Indian Railways has decided to extend the services of few weekly special trains, in order to clear the holiday rush of passengers and the inconvenience caused due to dense fog in the national capital region. Moreover, hundreds of passengers at several railway stations in north India have been left stranded after multiple trains have been cancelled, delayed and rescheduled for the last couple of days.
The weather condition is likely to remain the same for the next few days.

Fog Hits Train Services In Delhi, Air Quality Back To ‘Exceptionally Poor’

Dense fog engulfed the National Capital Region (NCR) on Friday morning, limiting the visibility to under 50 meters at a few spots, influencing the vehicle services. Over 70 trains were running behind calendar and no less than 12 were rescheduled. Eight flights from the Indira Gandhi International Airport were cancelled. 

“The whole North India has been affected by the overwhelming haze today (Friday),” a railroad official said. Prepare number 12401, Magadh Express is running 25 hours behind the timetable and Seemanchal Express is running late by 20 hours, the authority said. According to the Delhi International Airport Limited (DIAL), more than 60 flights were deferred or occupied at the Indira Gandhi International Airport. Saturday’s minimum temperature was recorded at 10.6 degrees Celsius, three notches above the season’s average while the maximum temperature settled at 25.2 degrees Celsius, four notches above the season’s average.

“The national capital encountered a thick cover of haze. At 8.30 a.m., visibility at Palam region was under 50 meters and at Safdarjung was 300 meters. “This enhanced to 600 and 800 meters by 11 a.m.,” an authority from India Meteorological Department (IMD) said.

Sources: Outlook, Hindustan Times


Turkish Cargo Plane Crashes into a Kyrgyz Village

A Boeing 747 carrying cargo from Hong Kong to Istanbul crashed in a Kyrgyzstan village, killing at least 37 people, including the four crew members on board. Flight TK6491 was to have stopped at Manas en route to Istanbul in Turkey. The Kyrgyz authorities claimed that the flight belonged to Turkish Airlines, a claim which the company denied. The cargo plane was operated by ACT Airlines when is landed at the Manas Airport in dense fog.

There are fifteen people injured along with six children in the village. 15 buildings outside the airport were also destroyed in the crash. The images show the nose of the plane being stuck in a brick house. According to the Telegraph, Kyrgyz Emergency Situations Minister Kubatbek Boronov said that 23 out of 43 houses in the village have been destroyed.

According to BBC, Deputy Prime Minister Muhammetkaly Abulgaziev said, “According to preliminary information, the plane crashed due to a pilot error.” Mr. Svarov, a representative of the Kyrgyzstan’s emergency team said that the total number dead could be bigger after adding that a search and rescue team has been deployed.

The country is going to observe Tuesday as a day of mourning.

Sources: The Telegraph, BBC

Heavy Fog Surrounds Delhi: 94 Trains Delayed, Two Cancelled

New Delhi: A thick layer of fog has covered Delhi on December 8, leading to the cancellation of two train services, and delay of 94 by several hours due to poor visibility.

Airport officials have however claimed that morning flight operations at the Indira Gandhi International Airport were not affected due to the fog, reports the Hindu. The visibility at 5.30 AM was recorded to be 400 meters, which dropped to 100 meters three hours later, said a MeT department official.

The minimum temperature was recorded at 8.7 degrees Celsius. Such temperature is considered as normal for the winter season, reported. In his statement, a railway official said that two train services were cancelled, while 94 others were running behind schedule by several hours due to the dense fog cover.

The forecast given by the MeT department says that Delhi will face dense fog on December 9 as well, with a minimum temperature of nine degrees Celsius. On December 7, the minimum and maximum temperatures were recorded at 11.2 and 24.3 degrees Celsius respectively.


Sources: The Hindu, India Live Today

12 Vehicle Collision on Yamuna Expressway: One Dead, 12 Injured

Mathura, Delhi: The thick cover of fog and low visibility in the Delhi-NCR region and its neighbouring areas has lead to the collision of 12 vehicles on the Yamuna Expressway near Mathura, taking one life and critically injuring ten others.

The deceased met with the accident while travelling from Firozabad to Noida. It is said that a head-on collision took place between a truck and an auto-rickshaw, causing the mass collision.

The fog visibility was recorded at below 50 meters, leading to a temporary suspension of operational flights at the Delhi airport, reported ANI.  

The dense fog has forced traffic movement in the Delhi-NCR region move at a slow pace, while several Delhi-bound trains are running behind schedule. According to the reports given by the weather office, the maximum temperature is likely to be around 26 degree Celsius, with 98 percent humidity.

The first fog of the season was reported in Delhi and most parts of North India, including Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan on the morning of November 30.


Sources: India Today, The Quint, ANI