Off the wire
Barros Schelotto wants to take Boca "to the top"  • Spotlight: UN harsh sanctions not intended to affect DPRK people's livelihood  • Dollar in mid-113 yen zone in opening deals in Tokyo  • 5.8-magnitude aftershock hits West Sumatrra, Indonesia  • Brazil warns over "lone wolf" terrorist attacks at Rio Olympics  • English Premier League standings  • English Premier League results  • 15,000 New York City school juniors take redesigned no-fee SAT test  • Australian dollar riding high  • Eric Schmidt, of Alphabet, to head Pentagon's innovation board  
You are here:   Home/ Environment

Air pollution hit 163 Chinese cities

Xinhua, March 3, 2016 Adjust font size:

Polluted air was reported in 163 cities across China as of midday Wednesday after air pollution reared its ugly head Tuesday, the Ministry of Environmental Protection (MEP) announced.

Tangshan in Hebei Province, and Fuyang in Anhui Province were the most polluted cities. Another 21 cities, including Langfang and Tianjin, all reported "heavy pollution."

Beijing was also heavily polluted with an hourly average density of PM 2.5, particles that causes hazardous smog, hitting 190 micrograms per cubic meter.

Luo Yi, an MEP official in charge of surveillance, said the latest round of air pollution began Tuesday when the average density of PM 2.5 and PM 10 in 338 cities under surveillance surged by 17.6 percent and 11.7 percent, respectively, from one day before.

The affected cities are mainly scattered around the northern Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei; southwestern Chengdu-Chongqing; northwest and southern Guangdong-Guangxi regions, Luo said.

Air pollution in the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei region will remain until Friday night, when weather condition favorable to disperse pollutants have been forecasted, according to the forecast.