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Thursday was Delhi's coldest day of season

Thursday was Delhi's coldest day of season

The government had yesterday said that it is monitoring the situation and is trying to bring some improvement in the system after flight services went for a toss due to heavy fog in the last few days.

The minimum temperature was recorded at 8.4 degrees Celsius, a notch above the season's average.

"Operations this morning are normal thus far as visibility at DEL is within minimums, but may change at short notice", tweeted Vistara Airlines The airline is also allowing passengers to change or cancel their flight bookings without any penalty. However, flights continued to be affected, with close to 40 hit.

Delhi woke up to dense fog for the second consecutive day, resulting in operations being stalled at both the Indira Gandhi International (IGI) Airport and the railway stations.

Nearly 49 trains were delayed, and at least 12 canceled because of intense fog and zero visibility. "The runway visibility has come down to less than 50 metres", a senior aviation official said.

Portiuncula hospital issues appeal amid overcrowding
He said he would like to break the cycle of overcrowding in the health service and that capacity needs to be increased. Nearly 200 people have been hospitalised with the flu and a small number - less than 10- of people have died.

Delhi airport has advanced technology for low-visibility landings, called CAT IIIB.

However, for take-offs, a minimum visibility of 125 metres is required.

At least 49 trains were delayed in the national capital due to fog.

The maximum temperature was likely to hover around 23 degrees Celsius, an India Meteorological Department official said.


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