- POSTED: 06 Jan 2014 19:32
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North India is experiencing its worst fog since 2010. It has severely affected road, rail and air traffic in New Delhi.
NEW DELHI: North India is experiencing its worst fog since 2010. It has severely affected road, rail and air traffic in New Delhi.
On Sunday night, visibility at Indira Gandhi International Airport fell below the mandatory 50 metres and hundreds of flights were cancelled.
Some 150 flights were diverted on Sunday.
The capital was engulfed in a dense blanket of fog and air pollution that causes breathlessness, skin and eye irritation in some people.
Car emissions account for about 75 per cent of New Delhi's pollution.
L S Rathore, director general at India Meteorological Department, said: "This fog is dense and is concentrated over Haryana, Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Eastern Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and even eastern India. Afternoons might have some respite but during night and day, fog is going to stay."
Poor visibility has also wreaked havoc on the roads.
Police were directing traffic in New Delhi, but a head-on collision left two people badly injured.
The weather forecast predicts the foggy conditions are likely to improve after 14 January.