Accidents during misty weather claimed 308 lives in Maha last year

  • | Saturday | 2nd December, 2023

Pune: Road accidents during foggy and misty weather conditions left 308 people dead and 455 injured in Maharashtra last year, Road Accidents in India report by the ministry of road transport showed.Weather conditions affect both the visibility and the road conditions, experts said. The roads might become slippery during specific weather conditions, putting the motorists at increased risk of an accident, they said.The latest forecast by the India Meteorological Department (IMD) stated that Puneites might experience shallow fog and hazy mornings over the next two days.In such conditions, it is imperative that drivers, especially those heading out early in the morning, ensure that their fog lights are on and they use low-beam headlights.Dnyaneshwar Sanas, who works as a security guard, said, Four-wheeler drivers tend to speed during the early morning hours as the roads are almost empty. Speeding during foggy weather is always a risk. In the coming days, fog will only increase with the drop in temperature, Sanas, whose leaves home at 5.30am, said.Anupam Kashyapi, head of weather forecasting division, IMD, Pune, said Puneites were not experiencing fog but haze, which was likely to continue till December 5. Drop in minimum temperature, coupled with moisture in the air, is leading to haze. About four days ago, we had seen shallow fog in isolated places too. The visibility now is 3-4km. It will to be so till December 5. However, with clear skies, the haze will reduce thereafter.He said, Motorists need to exercise caution in such times and ensure that they drive slowly. They also should keep their fog lights on. If possible, avoid driving between 4am and 7-8am as the period is most vulnerable to haze or fog.We also published the following articles recentlyLudhiana: Around twelve vehicles pile up near Khanna on GT road due to fogMultiple vehicles collide in dense fog on Ludhiana-Delhi highway near Daheru village. No casualties reported. Eyewitness Vikas describes being hit by a truck in foggy conditions. Around 20-30 vehicles, including a school bus and a tourist bus, were involved in the collision. DSP Detective Pawanjit confirms that 10 to 12 vehicles piled up on the GT road in Daheru village due to sudden fog, but no fatalities occurred.Fog and very poor air: Delhi in for more miseryNew Delhis air quality remains very poor with severe AQI. PM2.5 and PM10 levels are high. The citys AQI is expected to stay very poor in the coming days. The weather department forecasts fog and mist with low winds. Jahangirpuri is the most polluted area.Fog & slow wind to keep air in very poor zone for 6 daysThe citys air quality index (AQI) remained very poor at 310 on Friday, with Gwalpahari (354) and Vikas Sadan (331) reporting higher levels. The wind speed slightly increased to 6kmph, while humidity remained at 64%. The haze continued to cover the citys skyline, causing reduced visibility in the morning. The air quality is expected to remain in the very poor category for the next six days due to thermal inversion and increased moisture content. Sachin Panwar, an independent expert, emphasized the need to monitor local sources as the contribution from stubble burning has decreased.

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