LAHORE: At least 10 people were killed and several others injured in accidents on roads blanketed by dense fog that continued to disrupt life in Punjab on Sunday.
According to the meteorological department, thick fog also hung over the plains of upper Sindh, disrupting traffic.
Temperatures have sharply dropped in the areas since fog began to blanket them on Friday night.
In Lahore, fog forced closure of the airport, disrupting air traffic since Saturday night till the morning.
Authorities struggle to clear backlog of flights
There was a huge backlog of flights which the authorities were struggling to clear all through the day, giving little relief nevertheless to the waiting passengers.
According to the Rescue 1122 service, six people were killed and 10 others injured when a bus overturned in Hafizabad because of poor visibility. Many other passengers were administered first aid.
A man was killed and seven others were injured after two trucks and a bus collided with each other at Khanewal’s Puthi Morr.
A motorcyclist was killed and another injured when a car hit their motorcycle in Manawala. Another motorcyclist lost his life and two accompanying women were injured after a truck hit them at Sucha Sauda on Sargodha Road.
In Sahiwal, a man died while two were injured after their motorcycle hit a donkey cart which they could not notice due to dense fog on Qutab Shahania Road.
The motorway from Lahore to Kot Momin, Pindi Bhattian and Faisalabad was closed to avoid accidents. It reopened in the morning after the fog got cleared.
National Highways and Motorway Police spokesman Imran Shah said the national highway from Lahore, particularly from Multan to Rahim Yar Khan, remained covered by very dense fog that reduced visibility to zero for most of the night and the morning, making travel highly risky.
Vehicles moved slowly and those not using fog lights were warned.
The spokesman advised people to avoid travelling after sunset, especially on the motorway and highways.
They should also drive carefully on city roads, always using fog lights while travelling after sunset, he said.
The Met department forecast persistence of the foggy weather conditions in the plains of Punjab and the adjacent region of Sindh because of persisting dry weather in the country.
courtesy : dawn news