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Weather disrupts water, road traffic

WET and foggy weather created difficult conditions on the city's roads and waterways yesterday.

Early morning fog stranded more than 80 international vessels leaving and docking at ports in the city, Shanghai maritime officials said.

Also, ferry services to the city's three islands - Chongming, Changxing and Hengsha - were suspended yesterday morning until 10am, officials said.

Maritime authorities imposed traffic controls on a major deep-water navigation channel at the mouth of the Yangtze River from early morning until afternoon. About 30 large cargo ships using the channel were delayed.

Visibility around the mouth of the Yangtze River was less than 400 meters on average though in places it was only 150 meters, officials said.

Xing Dafeng, a maritime official at the Wusong port, said the bad weather may continue to affect shipping traffic until this morning.

The impact on flights was limited. Only a few flights, mainly to Beijing and Guangzhou, reported delays yesterday morning.

However, wet weather caused more congestion and accidents than usual on the city's roads.

Traffic police reported at least 10 road accidents and vehicle breakdowns downtown. Some vehicles failed to stop, even after braking, on wet roads, police said.


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