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Fog hits city transport

HEAVY fog once again shrouded the city this morning, stranding more than 100 ships in port, closing highways and cutting coach routes.

The Shanghai Meteorological Bureau issued an orange fog alert, the second level of the three-level system, at 5am yesterday, warning that visibility was limited to 200 meters.

The fog has stranded more than 100 ships at city ports, authorities said.

The Shanghai exit-entry authority has launched an emergency plan to pay close attention to weather changes and maintain the traffic, as the fog was expected to block the ships for more than 12 hours.

Waigaoqiao Port said 23 ships suspended or delayed departures or docking today, which was quite unusual.

Wusong Port has cancelled the departures of 15 ships.

The fog also suspended the ferries to the islands of Chongming County from 5am yesterday.

Coaches to Hangzhou, Shaoxing, Jiaxing and 24 cities other were canceled or delayed.

Six of the city's expressways were closed due to the heavy fog this morning and were reopened when the sun burned away the fog.

Local police had to take control of the Changjiang Bridge, as the fog led to traffic problems.

Flights from Hongqiao and Pudong Airport returned to normal at 6:30am, but officials have not yet released the number of delayed flights.


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