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Heavy fog blocks ships, closes roads

HEAVY fog once again shrouded the city yesterday morning, blocking more than 100 ships in port, canceling and delaying long-distance buses and closing highways.

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

The fog was thickest in Songjiang District, where the visibility was only 80 meters.

The alert was lifted at 10:45am with the temperature rising.

A light haze was sensed in the afternoon, turning the sky into yellow in some areas of the city, "but the visibility was fine," Han said.

No such fog is forecast today and the weather should be cloudy to sunny with the mercury ranging from a high of 10 degrees Celsius high to low of 5, the weatherman said.

About 200 flights at the city's Hongqiao and Pudong airports were canceled or delayed, according to Shanghai television news last night, but not many passengers were reported stranded.

The fog also affected more than 100 international voyage ships at city ports, either canceling or postponing their trips, authorities said.

Ferries to the islands in Chongming County were also held up by the fog.

With 10 highways closed, 390 long-distance buses were canceled, and 50 delayed, said TV news.


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