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January 24, 2010

No respite from fog for Delhiites, flights badly hit

     New Delhi: Despite anticipating some relief from a bad weather for last few weeks, there has been no respite for people here in the national capital from spine-chilling winds and dense fog. On Sunday, at least 41 flights were hit due to dense fog and commuters were left stranded at airport lounges. The runway visibility was very poor in the early hours, so no flight could take off or land till around 8 a.m.. The visibility improved later on. Passengers had to face a lot of problems, as they complained of getting no information on the enquiry number. "We faced a lot of problems when we were about to start from our home. We had to go back as the fog was too much. We came to know that the flight was on time so again we left for the airport. There was no information available on the enquiry number but here it is being displayed that the flight is on time. We see no chance of the flight taking off," said Ajay Bansal, a passenger. Four international departures and 11 arrivals were also behind schedule. Some passengers were left stranded for hours while waiting for their flights to take off. "We have a flight to Guwahati. It has been delayed. We doubt whether it will take off or not. It can even get cancelled. We are waiting for the past two hours. It's all because of the dense fog," said Suryanandan, another passenger. The weathermen have predicted more foggy conditions in the days to come. Harsh weather conditions have claimed hundreds of lives in north India , especially in Uttar Pradesh.
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