New Delhi, Dec 30: As many as 60 flights and 100 trains were delayed on Tuesday, as dense fog continues to disrupt air and rail traffic in Delhi. The biting cold has claimed 16 lives in Uttar Pradesh as entire northern region reels under intense cold wave.
According to reports, severe cold wave continued to wreak havoc across north India claiming 16 more lives in Uttar Pradesh alone, taking the death toll to 140.
Most casualties were owing to cold-related deaths and accidents due to fog.
It may be noted that Tuesday was yet another day of dense fog observed in many parts of north and east India. In Delhi, Palam airport witnessed zero visibility, while other places like Dwarka, Faridabad, Laxminagar and Indirapuram observed dense fog with visibility recording close to 100 meters.
The conditions reportedly at Noida expressway and Model Town in north Delhi were a shade better with shallow fog.
Amritsar in Punjab witnessed very dense fog with visibility dropping to nil. Since the start of the winter season in November, Punjab has been the first place to experience fog.
In eastern part of India, Patna observed very dense fog as visibility dropped to 100 meters, while situation in Lucknow was similar with very dense fog pulling down the visibility to 100 meters.
A few districts in Uttar Pradesh including Gorakhpur, Allahabad, Varanasi and Agra witnessed foggy conditions while Gorakhpur has been the worst hit district due to dense fog.
The report says that 13 flights were likely to be cancelled and over 80 have been delayed in Delhi out of which 21 were to depart from the Palam airport.
Rail traffic was severely hit with several trains running late. The dense fog has led to canvcellation of 74 trains and at least 176 trains were delayed.
(With Agency Inputs)