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.
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.
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, Indialivetoday.com 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.
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.