Heavy Smog Forces Airports to Cancel Flights

Heavy Smog Forces Airports to Cancel FlightsAs provinces in northeastern china continues to suffer for poor air quality and heavy smog. Airports were forced to cancel several flights. The bad weather condition was also worsen as temperature drops as cold front is seen moving east is predicted to affect the northern and eastern part of China especially in Beijing, Shanxi, Lianing and Tianjin.

The local meteorological bureau has raised a red smog signal in Heilongjiang Province and visibility dropped to 50 meters due to haze and poor air quality. Harbin also saw visibility to less than 10 meters. The increase in pollution was due to cold weather conditions paired with homes burning coal for heat as the city coal powered heating system started last Sunday. Harbin airport was forced to cancel more than 40 flights yesterday and other airports started to follow.

Stations recorded concentrations of PM2.5 have reached more than 800 micrograms per cubic meters. Although the figure is below the 1,000 micrograms per cubic meter level it still 30 times more than the recommended standard issued by the World Health Organization.

Residents are advised not to burn leaves and trash as it contributes to the smog and haze.

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