Dense fog in Delhi, Airport deploys Low Visibility Plan
As the mercury continued to drop over northern India, Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport was shrouded in a thick layer of smog on Tuesday morning.
In a pre-sunrise video taken by a tourist while boarding a plane, the plane can be seen on the runway engulfed in dense fog with visibility extending only a few metres.
Delhi Airport also tweeted a fog warning at 4.30am, warning passengers of low visibility procedures being carried out. “Low visibility procedures are underway at Delhi Airport. All flight operations are currently taking place as usual. Passengers are requested to contact the relevant airline for up-to-date flight information. japan,” the tweet read.
The MeT department reported visibility in the Safdurjung area of Delhi to be 50 meters at 5:30 am. Satellite images show dense to very dense fog over Punjab, Haryana, Chandigarh, Delhi, North Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh.
Lowest visibility (in meters) reported at 05:30 IST today:
Amritsar, Ganganagar, Patiala, Delhi (Palam) and Lucknow: 25
Delhi (SFD) and Purnea: 50
Ambala and Agra: 200
Gorakhpur: 300 yen
Bareilly, Patna, Gaya and Kolkata: 500.@DDNewslive@ndmaindiapic.twitter.com/GGnKIP0AbA
– Bureau of Meteorology (@Indiametdept) December 20, 2022
As the capital’s air quality continues to decline, the thick fog also limits road visibility for commuters. Images shared by residents of the capital showed a layer of fog covering the roads early Tuesday morning.
Skymet Weather’s Mahesh Palawat also updated the public on low visibility and urged travelers to check if their flights have been canceled due to the fog before leaving.
#Palam#Airport#display dropped to 50 meters at 04:30 due to denseness #fog. At 7:30 is 100 meters. Runway 28 is 200 and 29 is 150 meters. #flight delay and #flight ability. Confirm before leaving.#Delhiairport#Delhifog@SkymetWeather@JATINSKYMET
– Mahesh Palawat (@Mpalawat) December 20, 2022
Yesterday, on Greater Noida Eastern Peripheral Avenue (EPH), thick fog was blamed for an accident that left several people injured.
The air quality in the capital in recent days is classified as “very poor”. The air quality index around the IGI airport today is 378, according to the System for Weather Research and Forecasting and Air Quality (SAFAR). An Air Quality Index of 0 to 100 is considered good, 100 to 200 is moderate, 200 to 300 is poor, 300 to 400 is considered very poor, and 400 to 500 or more. considered serious.
Meanwhile, in the north of the capital, near Delhi University, the air quality was recorded as “severe”, at 445, according to SAFAR. Delhi had moderate air quality last week, with the index dropping over the weekend.
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