Foggy conditions likely to prevail in parts of Odisha

Bhubaneswar: Coastal parts of the State, along with Dhenkanal, Angul and Jajpur, are likely to experience dense fog for another three days, a release issued by local met department said.

Dry weather condition is likely to prevail till December 6 in the State, the report added.

Though the intensity of cold is on the wane since the last week of December, Phubani recorded a lowest temperature of 8.5 degree Celsius on Friday. Meanwhile, Bhubaneswar has recorded a highest temperature of 17.2 degree Celsius.

Director of the Regional Meteorological Centre in Bhubaneswar Sarat Chandra Sahu said, “In next 24 hours, the forecast is that fog density will be high. However, on January 4 and 5, fog density will be low with improvement in visibility.”

Flight services at the Biju Patnaik International Airport in Bhubaneswar were affected due to heavy smog. Some flights reached late at the airport due to poor visibility. Even a GoAir flight flying between New Delhi and Bhubaneswar was diverted to Kolkata.

Director of the Bhubaneswar airport Sharad Kumar said, “Today the visibility was only for 50 meters. However, for safe landing the visibility should be 750 metres. Some flights arrival was delayed.”

The dense smog also caused road accidents at different parts of the State. As many as eight passengers were injured in a head-on collision between a bus and mini truck near Angulae in Mahakalapada of Kendrapara district.

Similarly, one was killed and two injured when an auto rickshaw and car had a collision near Harekrushnapur square on Puri-Bhubaneswar road.