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Dense fog disrupts 3 dozen flights, trains in Delhi
Observer Online Desk
Published : Monday, 22 December, 2014,  Time : 10:54 AM,  View Count : 21
More than three dozen flights were delayed and several trains were running late as a thick blanket of fog enveloped Delhi and nearby regions on Monday morning.

Morning temperatures were down several notches, and visibilty was at a bare minimum severely, spelling trouble for schoolchildren and early office-goers.

TV reports said than more than 50 trains across the north, including the North-East Express and Mahabodhi Express were running late by several hours due to a thick blanket of fog.

Meteorological officials have predicted temperatures in the city to be around 16 degrees maximum and around 5 degrees minimum.

CNN-IBN reported that dense fog affected other cities in the region as well, with Chandigarh airport remaining closed for the second day in a row.

On  Sunday, Delhi recorded the season's coldest day with a maximum of 15 degrees Celsius, which is at least seven notches below normal.

There was no respite from the cold across the entire North . While 8 people died in Uttar Pradesh from the severe cold, three others died of suffocation in Delhi after they lit a coal fire to keep themselves warm.

In Jammu and Kashmir, Chillai-Kalan - the 40-day harshest period of winter - began on Sunday, increasing chances of the first snowfall of the season.

In Rajasthan, extreme cold conditions hit normal life, with Churu experiencing a near-freezing 0.5 degrees Celsius.


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