Fog blankets North India; casualties on the rise

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New Delhi, Dec 27: December brings with it festive cheer and many joyous occasions, but it also brings the dreaded winter chill. This time around, the chill seems to be deadly with the fog playing the proverbial villain for the second day straight.

While flights out of the Delhi airport suffered a major setback with as many as 12 international flights, four domestic flights and many others delayed due to the fog.

The MET department predicted the weather to turn harsher and the whole of North India reeling under the extremities. One death has been reported in Delhi, four in Uttar Pradesh and one newborn baby succumbing to the deadly cold wave.

The temperatures in Delhi fell to a dizzying low with the maximum temp being three degrees below normal, and the minimum standing at a degree below normal.Chaos prevailed at the airports as well with many flights diverted, Delhi-bound flights were diverted to Ahmedabad spoiling holiday plans of many travellers.

The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) announced measures to cope with the fog and said that the take-off visibility be brought down to 150m from 175 m for bigger aircraft like the Boeing 747, and from 150 m to 125 m for others.

Train schedules too went for a toss as well with as many as 5 trains being cancelled and 55 trains delayed. The ongoing Gujjar strike didn't help matters either.

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