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Indian govt issues ‘RED WARNING’ for Delhi as capital & adjacent states shiver in ‘extreme cold’

印度政府發出“紅色預警”稱:首都德里及其臨近地區在“極寒”中顫抖。



A woman wrapped in a shawl walks on the road during a cold winter evening in New Delhi, India ? REUTERS/Adnan Abidi

印度新德里一個寒冷的冬夜,一名裹著披肩的婦女走在路上



To make matters worse, the air quality in Delhi was also described as “severe.” Officials predict that low temperatures coupled with high humidity, as well as a lack of surface winds, have led to an accumulation of pollutants.

更糟糕的是,德里的空氣質量也被描述為“嚴重”級別。官員們預測:低溫加上高濕度,再地面缺乏季風,將導致污染物的積聚。



Homeless people stand in a line to collect food on a cold winter''s morning in Delhi ? REUTERS/Anushree Fadnavis

德里一個寒冷的冬日早晨,無家可歸的人們排起長隊領取食物

Worsening weather has caused massive delays for several trains bound for Delhi and flights at the capital’s international airport. Bus lines have also experienced disruptions and traffic jams.

惡劣的天氣導致開往德里的數班火車、以及首都國際機場的航班大量延誤,公交線路也出現了中斷,交通也出現了堵塞。

People across India have gathered around bonfires near streets and other public places. To cope with the emergency, local authorities have also made sure that shelters and firewood are provided to the population.

印度各地的人們聚集在街道和其他公共場所附近的篝火旁。為應對緊急情況,地方當局稱會確保向民眾提供住所和木柴。



Local media also reports that at least 28 people may have died due to the cold in Uttar Pradesh, which is experiencing the coldest days of December this weekend.

當地媒體還報道稱,本周末北方邦正經歷12月最冷的幾天,可能至少有28人死于寒冷。

The severe cold wave will last at least two more days, but the weather may improve a little around New Year’s, meteorologists say.

氣象專家則稱,這場嚴重的寒潮至少還會持續兩天,但新年前后、天氣可能會有所好轉。

“We are expecting a marginal rise in temperature on December 31 and January 1, and rains from December 31 night, which is likely to relieve severe cold day conditions,” Kuldeep Shrivastava, the head of the Regional Weather Forecasting Centre in Delhi, was quoted by local media as saying.

當地媒體援引德里地區天氣預報中心負責人Kuldeep Shrivastava的話說:“我們預計,12月31日和1月1日氣溫將有小幅上升,12月31日夜間會有降雨,這可能會緩解嚴寒天氣?!?。