New Delhi: Bad weather affected rail and air traffic in Delhi yet again on Friday. While as many as ten trains were running late because of the fog, all departures from Delhi Airport were on hold from 5.30 AM to 7 AM, reported ANI. Most of the arrivals were also affected by bad weather and an international flight had to be diverted in the morning. (Also read: Delhi’s Air Quality Deteriorates; Alarming Levels of Toxic Heavy Metals Found)
While early morning saw a dense fog, keeping the temperature low at 6 degree Celsius, the sun was expected to shine through later in the day, turning the weather a little pleasant. Saturday and Sunday are expected to be ‘hazy’ and on Monday, a shower is also forecast.
Fog and chill are likely to persist with little hope for an improvement in the quality of air and visibility, particularly during the morning hours.
Rail traffic was disrupted on Thursday as well and as many as 11 trains were rescheduled after getting delayed by at least by an hour.
Foggy weather accompanied by cold wave has not only disrupted the air and railway traffic but posed problems for homeless in Delhi. Inadequate nutrition and exposure to chilly winds have forced homeless in the region to turn to night shelters.
Speaking to ANI, Pradeep Kumar Tripathi, a resident of Bihar currently staying in Ramlila ground night shelter, said, “The cold winds are making it difficult for us to stay outside. We have moved into night shelter now. They are giving us all the meals with additional toilet facility.”