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Dilip Kumar

Bhubaneswar: Normal life has been thrown out of gear due to dense fog that enveloped several parts of the State on Thursday.

The extreme foggy condition especially in Bhubaneswar and Cuttack and interior parts of Odisha has also disrupted the road as well as railway traffic due to poor visibility. Such condition continued till late morning hour.

“I faced difficulties on my way to the office during early hour while riding bike. I had to drive very cautiously due to poor visibility. I took more time than the normal to reach office today,” said Rasmi Ranjan, a commuter in Cuttack.

The weather men attributed such condition to the presence of moisture and wind in the atmosphere.

"Moderate wind and presence of moisture in the atmosphere at low level supported the development of dense fog in the State. The condition is likely to continue for some more days,” said a Met official.

He further maintained that places close to Mahanadi and other water bodies and costal pockets are expected to witness fog condition.

Dense to very dense fog reducing visibility to below around 50 metres was witnessed at Puri, Kendrapara, Jagatsinghpur and other coastal districts.

The devotees today missed to have a darshan of the Patitapaban Bana (Sacred flag atop Lord Jagannath temple) of Sri Jagannath temple in Puri as it remained invisible from the Singhadwar due to the dense fog. Similarly, Konark Sun Temple was also seen covered by the blanket of a thick fog.

Earlier, the government had instructed the district Collectors to take necessary steps to stop plying of heavy vehicles on National Highways during morning hours to avoid possible road mishaps.

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