New Delhi: Dense fog engulfed the national capital for the second day in a row, disrupting flights from Delhi airport and affecting road traffic.
Operations at the Delhi airport were temporarily suspended due to dense fog which brought visibility to below 50 metres.
Flights across north India were impacted, SpiceJet said in multiple tweets, including from Srinagar, Gorakhpur, Guwahati , Varanasi and Amritsar.
“Due to the sudden drop in visibility because of fog in Delhi, our flights may be impacted leading to consequential delays,” Vistara said in a tweet.
IndiGo too said due to poor visibility “because of fog at Delhi, we’re expecting delays on all arrivals and departures from Delhi airport”.
Delhi airport said five flights have been diverted to other airports since morning.
The foggy conditions are expected to continue for the next several days.
As per the forecast by the India Meteorological Department (IMD) on Tuesday night, “Shallow to moderate fog is very likely at isolated pockets over Punjab, Haryana, Chandigarh and Delhi, western Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, northern parts of West Bengal and moderate to dense fog at isolated places over eastern Uttar Pradesh, southern Assam, Meghalaya, Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram and Tripura during 2-3 days.”
The situation is expected to improve a little in the next two days as Friday and Saturday will see moderate fog. On Sunday, fog is expected to be shallow, but the minimum temperature is expected to reach 9 degrees Celsius.
Dense fog also aggregates the pollution which has already reached very poor and severe levels at many places.
As per the air quality monitoring data of the Central Pollution Control Board, places like Anand Vihar and Punjabi Bagh witnessed severe levels of pollution on Thursday morning.
“Severe” level of pollution is the air quality level when even healthy people get affected with respiratory problems and those with existing diseases are seriously impacted.