Thick fog blankets Punjab cities

By: News Desk
Published: 11:19 AM, 25 Jan, 2022
Thick fog blankets Punjab cities
Caption: Commuters make their way along a street amid foggy conditions in Lahore.–AFP
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Dense fog disrupted daily routine life in Punjab plains and cities on Tuesday as continental air prevailed over most parts of the country, reported 24NewsHD TV channel. 

National Highways & Motorway Police (NHMP) said M-4 motorway from Gojra Interchange (180 km) to Pindi Bhattian (288 km) has been closed for all kinds of traffic due to the dense clouds of smoke.

However, the M-4 motorway from Sher Shah to Abdul Hakim has now been opened for all types of traffic.

Motorways SSP Syed Hashmat Kamal said M-2 and M-3 motorways (till Darghana) were also closed for all kinds of traffic.

As per our correspondent, dense fog also reduced visibility to zero in Shakkargarh and Kartarpur, Narowal district disrupting the traffic flow at New Lahore-Sialkot-Muridke road.

Pakistan Meteorological office said that weather remained cold and dry in most parts of the country, however, rain with snow occurred in Kakul, Balakot, Ziarat, Bagrote and Kashmir on Tuesday. 

In last 24 hours rainfall (mm): Kashmir: Muzaffarabad (AP 08, City 05), Garidupatta 05, Rawalakot 03, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa: Kakul 13, Balakot 03, Gilgit Baltistan: Bagrote 01 and Balochistan: Ziarat 01.

Tuesday's lowest minimum temperature’s (°C): Leh -13, Kalam -10, Ziarat, Kalat -09, Gupis, Astore -08, Parachinar, Skardu -07, Malamjabba -06, Quetta, Bagrote -05, Zhob -04, Hunza -03, Pulwama, Shupiyan, Baramulla, Chitral, Drosh, Dalbandin -02, Dir, Anantnag, Nokkundi, Cherat, Rawalakot and Murree -01.

Also Read: Lahore Airport’s flights operation suspended after dense fog

Situation in Murree 

Moreover, snowfall on Murree hilltop stopped after it continued for last three days and now local authorities are conducting the road clearance operation. 

Rawalpindi Division Commissioner Noor ul Amin Mengal directed all concerned departments to clear the Murree link roads to facilitate the coming tourists as well the local residents of the hill station.   

Rawalpindi CPO Omar Saeed Malik chaired a meeting to review traffic arrangements in Murree. The meeting was attended by SSP Operations/ CTO, SSP Investigation, Divisional SPs and ASP Newtown. 

Reporters Yasir Arafat and Faran Yameen