(1205 CR M03)FLIGHTS DELAYED IN FOGGY BEIJING

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(1205 CR M03)FLIGHTS DELAYED IN FOGGY BEIJINGDATELINE: Dec. 5, 2011LENGTH: 00:01:23PICThe capital Beijing has been shrouded by dense fog since Sunday morning. Haze disrupted traffic and prompted concerns over air pollution.The fog starting from Sunday dusk grew denser in the evening, disrupting more than 100 flights and closed off expressways.As off Monday morning, 89 departing flights at the Beijing Capital International Airport have been canceled and another 68 were delayed for at least an hour.Several expressways surrounding Beijing were also closed temporarily due to poor visibility. Traffic authorities have warned of extended gridlock in the city.Beijing meteorological authority issued an alert for heavy fog on Sunday afternoon, saying visibility would drop to less than 500 meters in most parts of the city. The authority says the fog is caused by wet air led by melting snow, which has intensified due to lack of wind.The haze also prompted concern over a likely drop in the city's a
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