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Fog closes highways and delays air traffic

THICK fog disrupted traffic in parts of north China yesterday. The affected areas were Shandong and Liaoning provinces, Tianjin Municipality and Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region.

The meteorological station of Ningxia said yesterday that nine flights were delayed, stranding 600 passengers in an airport in Yinchuan City, capital of Ningxia in northwest China.

The station also issued an alert for thick fog with a visibility of less than 50 meters in Yinchuan and Shizuishan cities.

Visibility in most parts of Tianjin fell to between 100 and 200 meters yesterday.

Nine of the 12 expressways into Tianjin were closed, said a police spokesman. Also closed were 10 expressways in northeastern China's Liaoning Province. In eastern China's Shandong Province, 30 toll stations on seven highways were closed due to the fog.


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