- POSTED: 30 Dec 2013 21:02
This graph is an experimental feature that tracks number of views over time.
Winter is proving to be dangerous for some in north India as residents wake up to thick fog which is not only hazardous to health, but also disrupts traffic as well.
NEW DELHI: Winter is proving to be dangerous for some in north India as residents wake up to thick fog which is not only hazardous to health, but also disrupts traffic as well.
New Delhi and most of north India are reeling under intense cold, as temperatures fall to as low as 4.5 degrees celsius. In addition, dense haze is also crippling normal life.
The haze is actually a mix of winter fog and pollution.
In the capital alone, exhaust fumes from nearly 7.2 million vehicles combine with factory emissions and construction dust to produce a lethal mix, which can worsen the condition of patients suffering from respiratory ailments such as bronchitis and asthma.
Rainfall usually washes away the hazardous pollutants in the air but rain seems unlikely at the moment.
"There are no chances of heavy rain. It will be cloudy. There will be moderate rainfall. Today is the coldest day in December," said N Duraisamy from the Indian Meteorological Department.
The harmful effects of the toxic smog are not only on health, but on traffic as well, throwing normal life out of gear.
The cloak of fog that drapes the plains and mountainous zone of north India has forced dozens of flights to be either diverted or cancelled, as runway visibility drops to as low as 50 metres at New Delhi's airport.
But the network of trains criss-crossing the country are among the worst hit by poor visibility due to the dense winter fog.
"We are facing too many problems. We were waiting since morning. Earlier they announced that trains are running late, but now they have cancelled it," complained Gurpreet Singh, a train passenger.
The meteorological department has predicted that the fog and haze will last till at least next month, so it looks like residents will have to deal with this difficult situation for a little while more.
School children may be the only ones who would find some respite though, with the possibility of their school vacations being extended.