Dense fog disrupts flights in Delhi

February 13th, 2009 - 12:31 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, Feb 13 (IANS) A thick layer of fog engulfed the national capital Friday, bringing back the winter chill and causing several flight delays.
The visibility at Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGIA) fell to nearly zero following dense fog on all runways.

“The low visibility procedure was enforced at the airport Friday morning as visibility fell to zero around 2.30 a.m. The visibility remained below 50 metres till 8.30 a.m.,” an IGIA official said.

Over 30 international and domestic flights were delayed, while as many as five flights were diverted.

“The visibility is likely to improve during the day and normalcy will be achieved,” the official added.

The thick fog coupled with cold wind brought down the mercury. The minimum temperature settled at 11.3 degrees Celsius while the maximum was 22 degrees.

“The fog is due to the high level of humidity in the atmosphere. The fog is likely to continue for two-three more mornings while skies will be clear during the day,” an official at the Safdarjung met department said.

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