Dense fog disrupts flight, motorway operations

By: News Desk      Published: 10:22 AM, 25 Dec, 2020
Dense fog disrupts flight, motorway operations

Reduced visibility forced officials to close Lahore-Sialkot Motorway and Pindi Bhattian-Faisalabad Motorway on Friday as fog continues paralysing routine life in the plain areas of Punjab. Similarly, traffic was also stopped on large patches of Lahore-Islamabad Motorway (M-2) and M-3.

Meanwhile, this seasonal phenomenon again disrupted flight operation at Allama Iqbal International Airport, Lahore, which were later completely shut temporarily, reported 24NewsHD TV channel.

As far as northeastern Punjab is concerned, people in Narowal, Sialkot and adjoining areas again woke up with dense fog in their surroundings, making it very difficult for commuters to reach their destinations.

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Earlier, dense fog caused a pileup on M-3 (Lahore-Abdul Hakeem Motorway), causing three deaths and injuries to 14 others, after at least 14 vehicles collided with each other near Sharaqpur on late Thursday night.

Rescue teams and senior officials reached the spot immediately to tackle the aftermath of this pileup triggered by fog suddenly engulfing the area.

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In this connection, the National Highway and Motorway Police helped rescuers rushing the injured to hospitals. DIG Sultan Chaudhry and SSP Syed Hashmat Kamal personally monitored the operation.

Rain, snow predicted 

But there may be some respite for the fog-hit region as the Met Office has predicted that a westerly is likely to enter western parts of the country on Saturday (evening/night) and will later grip the western and upper parts of the country on Sunday.

As a result, north-western Balochistan will receive rain and snowfall over the hills on Saturday evening/night and Sunday.

But the wet and snowy spell will extend till Monday in Gilgit-Baltistan, Kashmir and western, southern and upper areas of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. Islamabad and Rawalpindi, Gujranwala, Lahore and Sargodha divisions in Punjab are also going to receive rain during the same period.

However, light rain is also expected in Multan, Sahiwal, Okara, DG Khan, Toba Tek Singh, Faisalabad, Bhakkar and Layyah on Sunday.

Meanwhile, cold wave conditions will grip the upper/western parts of the country after the wet spell with foggy conditions intensifying in the plain areas and frost in the Potohar region.