Fog disrupts air and rail services in Indian capital

15:29, January 08, 2010      

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For the second day in a row, dense fog affected air and rail services in the Indian national capital Friday, disrupting the schedule of at least 40 domestic flights and 15 international flights, and delaying some 50 trains, a senior government official said.

"Fog has played havoc with air and rail traffic affected after zero visibility conditions were witnessed early in the morning. Six domestic flights had been cancelled at India Gandhi International Airport, with nearly 40 domestic flights and some 15 international flights also being delayed," said the official.

Due to unavailability of parking bays as schedules of many flights were disrupted, several international flights waited for almost two hours on taxiways after landing before they were able to park and have their passengers disembark, said the official.

Meanwhile at least seven trains have been cancelled due to poor visibility and more than 50 delayed, according to the official.

Dense fog, accompanied by cold waves, claimed the lives of at least 10 people and injured some 40 others due to three rail accidents in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh early this week.

Source: Xinhua
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