Fog engulfs national capital, light rain expected in Delhi


NEW DELHI: The national capital on Tuesday witnessed a hazy morning as a thick blanket of smog engulfed the region.

Cold weather continued to persist here causing low visibility and affected the schedules of trains.

As per the report, Twenty-four trains were delayed after fog engulfed the national capital on Tuesday morning. Even though, there were no disruption in flight operations at the Indira Gandhi International Airport.

"Twenty-four trains were delayed with an average delay of around three to four hours," the railways said.

The meteorological department has forecast shallow fog for the day and light rains in the evening and the minimum temperature settled at 9 degrees Celsius and the maximum temperature likely to settle at 23.2 degrees Celsius.

According to the report from the System of Air Quality Forecasting and Research (SAFAR), the overall Air Quality Index (AQI) in the city was recorded 306, which comes under ' very poor' category.

The Particulate Matter (PM) 2.5 level was recorded at 127. While the PM 10 was docking at 221 in the national capital.

An AQI between 0-50 is considered as “good”, 51-100 as “satisfactory”, 101-200 as “moderate”, 201-300 as “poor”, 301- 400 as “very poor”, and 401-500 as “severe”.

People residing in Delhi and National capital are reeling under the impact of breathing polluted air due to vehicular pollution, crop residue burning and climate change. They are using mask and scarves to cover their nose from the cocktail of dust and smog.

The medical practitioners across the city have advised people, who are suffering from breathing difficulties to avoid outside activities and recommended to use the mask.

If anybody experienced unusual coughing, chest discomfort, wheezing or fatigue, then consult the doctor.

They also advised that to drink enough water to avoid dehydration and have fresh fruits and vegetables, which contain antioxidant to boost the immunity.

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