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Shanghai's traffic might be affected again today as weathermen forecast another heavy fog following yesterday's cover which delayed flights and disrupted shipping.

Forecasters yesterday reminded drivers to be aware of low visibility of around 500 meters in suburban areas. The Shanghai Meteorological Bureau issued a yellow fog alert on Friday night, the least serious one on the three-scale alert system. It was canceled yesterday morning.

Visibility in some suburban areas dropped to under 200 meters on Friday and early yesterday. At Pudong International Airport, visibility was only 100 to 200 meters, according to the bureau.

About 160 flights have been delayed since Friday at Shanghai's two airports. Affected passengers were all able to land or leave by 2pm yesterday, airport authorities said.

The fog also seriously hampered water traffic at the mouth of the Yangtze River, said port immigration police.

Police said the Yangshan and Waigaoqiao ports, the city's major freighter terminals, had canceled or delayed arrivals of nearly 100 container vessels since Friday morning. Waterways were disrupted between 5am and 10am on Friday and a second strike caused shipping traffic on the river to be suspended again after 6:30pm.

Water traffic started to improve after 8am yesterday, said Waigaoqiao Port immigration police who were closely monitoring the situation for a recurrence of conditions.

Fog also caused suspension of ferry services to three local islands. All resumed after 9am yesterday.


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