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Heavy fog brings traffic to halt

HEAVY fog shrouded Shanghai yesterday morning, halting highway and ferry traffic and delaying a number of flights from the city's two airports, authorities said.

Immigration authorities urged travelers to double-check their flight departure information in coming days as fog may continue to disrupt air traffic. And weathermen cautioned drivers to take extra care, because roads are expected to be wet and slippery.

The Shanghai Meteorological Bureau issued a yellow fog alert, the lowest of the three-level system, at 9:35pm Sunday night. The alert went to orange, the second highest, at 4:25am yesterday morning, with authorities pegging visibility at less than 200 meters.

The west and north parts of the city suffered the most serious fog, with visibility in Jiading District under 100 meters, the bureau said.

"The temperature of the city is climbing, which may easily cause foggy weather," said Fu Yi, chief service officer of the bureau.

The city's temperature climbed to 18.5 degrees Celsius in Baoshan District yesterday, weathermen said.

With mainly drizzly weather this week, the warmth should not stay long, however. The bureau said the maximum temperature on Thursday is expected to drop around 10 degrees and the low in the weekend is forecast to be at 1 degree Celsius.

Nearly 2,000 travelers were delayed as a dense fog engulfed the city, halting air, water and land traffic yesterday morning.

That included 234 migrant workers who were stuck onboard a ferry boat carrying them to local railway stations to return home for the Spring Festival, as the fog halted shipping traffic at the mouth of the Yangtze River yesterday morning, said local maritime administration.

The workers had been stranded onboard for more than 12 hours before they were finally helped to disembark. The maritime authorities granted the ship permission to continue the trip under special navigation guidance, officials said.

Up to 100 ferry services in the Wusong port area were canceled yesterday. More than 80 international ships or vessels delayed their schedules.

About 1,500 air travelers were affected at the Pudong International Airport as the fog delayed dozens of international flights, said the airport immigration police.

Most were incoming flights from Europe, Japan and South Korea.

A plane carrying 128 travelers from Malaysia and heading for the Pudong airport was forced to land in the Hongqiao International Airport yesterday morning due to the fog, police said.

For those who intended to go back to their hometowns via long-distance buses for the coming Spring Festival, the heavy fog blocked their way as four expressways and sea-crossing bridges leading to neighboring provinces were closed.

They didn't open until 10am. Some even remained shut until noon.


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