Dense Canopy Of Fog Grips Kashmir, Leads To Cancellation Of 24 Flights

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Smoggy conditions to end from Dec 11, says MeT; health expert advises people to take precautions

Owais Gul

Srinagar: Amid bone-chilling cold in the Valley, a dense canopy of fog engulfed Kashmir on Saturday morning, affecting the air traffic from last two consecutive days. The situation as per the local Meteorological department (MeT) would likely continue till next three days.

According to the wire service—Kashmir News Observer (KNO), a dense canopy of fog in the morning hours across Kashmir has affected the normal life. The MeT officials said that the minimum temperature here would likely go further down in coming days till the Valley would receive another wet spell.

“There is a possibility of rains and snow across Kashmir from December 11 to December 13. According to the forecast, the main activity would likely occur on 12th of December,” a MeT spokesman said. The night temperature plummeted in most places in Jammu and Kashmir while MeT spokesman informed that Srinagar has recorded the coldest night of the season at minus 3.6 degrees Celsius.

Officials said that there will be dense fog in Kashmir for the next three days, adding that the prevalent situation would come to an end most probably on Dec 11, when Valley is expected to witness wet weather conditions. Meanwhile, the air traffic was also affected due to the dense fog in the morning hours today.

Officials said that all 24 flights scheduled for the day to and from Srinagar were cancelled in view of the dense of fog, adding that the flights were also cancelled yesterday due to the prevalent conditions. Moreover, the health experts here have sounded alert for the elderly and children, stating that they should take precautions to stay fit and healthy.

The people especially elderly are prone to heart attack and strokes during the harsh winter conditions; therefore it is obligatory for them not to go out in the morning hours till the temperature increases.

He also advised people especially children, pregnant women, elderly and diabetic patients to get the flu vaccine on time to end the risk of strokes and heart attack, adding that harsh winters are causing influenza to the people, which may cost their lives as well in case the precautions are not taken well on time. (KNO)

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