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Fog stops shipping in Yangtze River mouth
7/11/2008 16:35

Persistent fog has affected more than 200 ships since it descended on the mouth of the Yangtze River in Shanghai yesterday, port authorities said.
The misty weather has reduced average visibility to less than 1,000 meters since midday yesterday and in some areas, visibility is below 200 meters, said officials at Waigaoqiao checkpoint.
Waigaoqiao is Shanghai's free trade zone and has one of the city's leading ocean shipping ports.
In the 26 hours from 8 am yesterday to 10 am today, 130 incoming vessels canceled or postponed their port calls to Shanghai, and about 80 outgoing ships were fog-bound at Shanghai port, the officials said.
The Shanghai meteorological station warned of the first heavy fog of this autumn on Tuesday. "The fog, plus yesterday's rain, has also stopped the ferry services and closed several inter-provincial expressways," said chief meteorologist Man Liping today.
She said the weather was expected to clear tomorrow, when wind would hopefully dispel the rain and fog, but the temperature would fall by an average 5 to 7 degrees Celsius to around 10 degrees.
Today marks the "beginning of winter" in the Chinese lunar calendar and most parts of the country are expecting significant temperature drops.