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Plans in place to prevent problems

THE city's road, water and air traffic administrators have put plans in place to cope with the huge crowds expected for tomorrow morning's eclipse.

Yangshan Deep Water Port

The maritime authority will send five patrol boats and more than 30 officers to cruise the Yangshan Deep Water Port waters during the eclipse as many visitors are expected to view the eclipse from boats. The eclipse will last longest when viewed at the Yangshan Port area. And the water will be a particularly ideal spot because of the open view to the sky, the maritime authority said.

There will also be patrols on shore ready for any emergency.

Passenger ships have been warned to watch out for passengers crowding on one side of vessels as the eclipse reaches totality and to take precautions to prevent people falling overboard.

"The land patrol force will also keep a close eye for those observing along the coastal area to launch timely rescue action in case anyone falls," said Zhang Chunhua, a maritime officer.


Throughout the nearly 2.5-hour eclipse period from 8:23am, the two city airports will adopt night-mode navigation but flights will not be affected, officials with the East China Air Traffic Management Bureau said.

"It would be just like the normal night navigation system that launches at 6pm every day at both airports," a bureau official said.

The solar eclipse will cause radio-magnetic interruption and also disturb radio communication at the airports but safety will not be compromised as the interference can be tackled by technical solutions, officials said.

Road traffic

Traffic police officers will be dispatched to patrol major downtown streets as well as Yangshan Deep-Water Port and Songjiang District's Sheshan Hill, the city's best observation points.

Towing vehicles will be on standby near major roads and elevated roads to remove vehicles in case of collisions and breakdowns during the eclipse.

Police said they would stay alert for trampling accidents because of the crowds and were advising residents to view the eclipse from their apartment balconies or offices and avoid going to public areas.

With the eclipse beginning around the middle of morning rush-hour, police warned drivers not to slow down to take a look.

Lighting and brake systems on local transit buses have been examined since last weekend to make sure they function properly during the eclipse, the local transport authority said.


Experts say the eclipse might panic animals and zoos in Shanghai have plans in place to avoid problems.

"Nocturnal animals, including migratory birds and feline animals such as lions and tigers, are most likely to suffer from the eclipse and display abnormal behavior," said Xiong Chenpei, director of Shanghai Zoological Park.

At the Shanghai Wild Animal Park, all staff will be on duty, said Song Dezhang, the park's manager. "More lighting equipment will be installed," he said.


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