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January 17, 2010

Dense fog envelops Delhi, hitting road, rail, air traffic

     New Delhi: A thick blinding fog paralysed New Delhi on Sunday, hitting air and rail services badly. Around 10 international and domestic flights as well as nearly 42 trains were affected because of poor visibility, leaving scores stranded at the Indira Gandhi International Airport and the three main railway stations in the capital. The fog started forming around midnight and became dense in the morning. Road traffic was equally chaotic as arterial and small roads jammed with snail-paced vehicles away. The situation got from bad to worse during peak office hours. While the rest of the northern region too continued to reel under the intense cold wave, with the mercury dipping much below the normal at several places in eastern and northern India. Death toll in the region due to severe cold has risen to 408 this season. All the 23 fresh deaths were reported from Uttar Pradesh , which alone accounted for 379 casualties so far.
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