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Thick fog leads to transport problems

HEAVY fog continued to shroud northern China yesterday, causing fatal road accidents, highway closures and flight delays, authorities said.

The provinces of Heilongjiang, Jilin, Liaoning and Shaanxi, as well as Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region and Tianjin Municipality were hit by the thick fog.

Two people died after a bus and a truck collided yesterday on an expressway in Yongning County in Ningxia. An initial investigation concluded that the accident was caused by fog, local traffic police said.

Fog was blamed for 83 road accidents in Yinchuan City, capital of Ningxia.

Ningxia's meteorological station said visibility in Yinchuan was less than 50 meters and that on some parts of the expressway linking Ningxia and northwestern China's Qinghai Province the visibility dropped to less than 5 meters.

Liaoning's meteorological station said it has issued 20 fog alerts since November 3, including one yesterday. It added that fog covered most parts of central Liaoning and the visibility in the cities of Shenyang and Dalian was less than 200 meters.

All 15 expressways leading into Liaoning were closed. More than 100 flights to and from a Shenyang airport were delayed and so were most flights at Dalian airport, provincial traffic authorities said.

Four expressways in Shaanxi were partially closed due to the fog that had reduced visibility to less than 200 meters, the provincial traffic police said.

In Tianjin, all highways were closed and all flights were delayed, local traffic police said.


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