Smog spell haunts one tenth of Chi­nese soil

Fiji Sun - - World News -

Aspell of heavy smog, which has en­veloped north­east­ern and north­ern parts of China since Wed­nes­day, has af­fected more than one tenth of China’s land ter­ri­tory, the Min­istry of En­vi­ron­men­tal Pro­tec­tion ( MEP) said on Satur­day. In a state­ment re­leased by the MEP late on Satur­day, the min­istry said some 630,000 square kilo­me­ters of land in north­east­ern China and 380,000 square kilo­me­ters of land in north­ern China have been un­der the in­flu­ence of the lat­est smog spell.

It said “ad­verse me­te­o­ro­log­i­cal con­di­tions” were to blame. Seven prov­inces and mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties, in­clud­ing Bei­jing and Tian­jin, saw their air pol­lu­tion in­dex hike, with Air Qual­ity In­dex (AQI) read­ings hit­ting 500 in 11 cities in north­east­ern China over the Nov. 3-5 pe­riod. In north­ern China, av­er­age den­sity of PM2.5 - air­borne par­ti­cles smaller than 2.5 mi­crons in di­am­e­ter - peaked in mul­ti­ple cities on Fri­day, but air pol­lu­tion ebbed on Satur­day, the MEP said. The min­istry said it had al­ready sent 12 in­spec­tion teams to the Tian­jin mu­nic­i­pal­ity and the prov­inces of He­bei, Hei­longjiang, Jilin, Liaon­ing and Shan­dong for emer­gency in­spec­tions. Prob­lems found by the in­spec­tions teams so far in­cluded weak emer­gency re­sponses and in­ad­e­quate coun­ter­mea­sures against heavy air pol­lu­tion, sus­pected ex­ces­sive dis­charge by 39 en­ter­prises, and large-scale straw burn­ing, it said.


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