Sunday, April 19, 2015   

Heavy smog causes travel chaos
(03-26 15:08)

Smog continued to smother many parts of China, causing flight disruptions and forcing the closure of highways today.
More than 3,000 passengers were stranded early today at Tianhe Airport in Wuhan, capital of the central Hubei province due to heavy fog. Visibility was less than 150 meters at the airport and 30 flights were delayed, said Tianhe Airport sources. The airport resumed normal operations shortly after 10 a.m. as the fog began to disperse.
In eastern Shandong, more than 120 expressway toll stations were temporarily shut down and 10 flights at the airports in Qingdao and Jinan were delayed. The provincial meteorological station issued a yellow alert for the smog, which is forecast to continue until tomorrow night.
Smog set in on Monday and persists in north and central China, including Beijing. The National Meteorological Center issued a yellow alert on Wednesday morning.
Beijing and Tianjin, as well as parts of Hebei and Shandong provinces expect “moderate" air pollution until tomorrow morning, heavy in some places, according to the NMC forecast.
China's meteorological alerts are categorized as blue, yellow, orange and red as the severity ascends.—Xinhua
   
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