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Traffic restored after heavy fog wreaked havoc

TRAFFIC has resumed this morning after heavy fog shrouded the city from late yesterday, grounding flights, closing expressways and affecting ferries.

Local weather authority lifted the orange fog alert, the second of a three-level alert system, which was issued last night, at 10:30 this morning.

But transportation services are still halted in parts of the city and it will take some time to clear up fog-related pileups, traffic police said.

The city's Hongqiao International Airport was forced to close from 10:30pm yesterday to 8:45 this morning, with 29 flights cancelled and 23 other flights directed to neighboring airports.

The Shanghai Pudong International Airport saw no better situation. There are no flights landing or taking off from 1am to 9:27am today. Nine flights have been cancelled and 41 others landed at nearby airports.

All the ferry services to city's three islands are canceled. Visibility in the city's Chongming Island is only 70 meters while in other areas at the mouth of the Yangtze River visibility has dropped to below 50 meters. Two ferry routes along the Huangpu River have also been shut.

The expressways were reopened by 10:13am this morning, but vehicles still lined up to pass the tolls.


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