Dense fog delays 41 flights in Indian capital New Delhi, 27 in Bengaluru

NEW DELHI (Xinhua) – Dense fog with high air-pollution levels has delayed 41 flights from New Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport yesterday since 6am local time.

Road traffic also was disrupted due to low visibility in New Delhi and adjacent areas.

Mild showers in New Delhi and surrounding areas yesterday morning decreased air pollution levels, though the overall air quality was still described as “severe”.

PM 2.5 levels in New Delhi’s Anand Vihar got reduced to 285 as compared to 544 last Saturday morning. In Mundka area, PM 2.5 readings were recorded at 321 while the previous morning it was 509, said media reports.

Fog in the city made driving vehicles difficult as visibility was extremely low.

In Bengaluru, the capital city of southern state of Karnataka, 27 flights were delayed at the Kempegowda International Airport due to fog.

Air Quality Index (AQI) of three areas in Bengaluru reached unhealthy levels. In Silk Board area, PM 2.5 reading was 152, while in BTM area its reading touched 156 and in Jayanagar Fifth Block the reading was 151.