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Unexpected Dense Fog Creates Navigation Challenges in Islamabad and Rawalpindi

Rawalpindi, January 02, 2024, The Europe Today: In an unexpected climatic shift, dense fog has enveloped various regions of the federal capital, leading to disruptions in the daily routines of residents. While such weather occurrences are relatively rare in Islamabad and Rawalpindi, they are more commonly associated with cities like Lahore, Sialkot, and Gujranwala.

The thick fog descended around 11:30 PM on Monday, blanketing localities along the Islamabad Expressway, including Fazaia Colony, The Springs Apartment Homes, Ghauri Town, Gangal West, and Gangal East, resulting in significantly reduced visibility and posing challenges for commuters.

The adverse weather conditions extended to areas such as Ayub National Park, Morgah, DHA-1, DHA-2, Gulistan Colony, Shah Residency, and Chaklala Scheme. Subsequently intensifying around 3 AM on Tuesday, the fog expanded to encompass multiple sectors of Islamabad, including Blue Area, F7, G6, F6, and various popular residential sectors, amplifying the difficulties faced by residents navigating through these areas.

Residents of Islamabad and Rawalpindi grappled with significant challenges as they navigated through roads obscured by unexpected dense fog. The atmospheric phenomenon disrupted routine activities and heightened the risk of accidents in the affected areas. Compounding the difficulties, major motorways faced closures due to decreased visibility.

Motorway M5, spanning from Ghotki to Rohri, was temporarily shut down to traffic, citing heavy fog as the primary cause. Simultaneously, Motorway M1 experienced closures from Rashakai to Peshawar, attributed to heavy smog, further complicating travel plans for commuters.

Authorities, in response to these closures, have issued advisories urging caution and recommending alternative routes where feasible to ensure the safety of travelers.