Smog Reaches Further into Beijing over the Weekend
A large smog cloud that is seen choking the eastern provinces since last week has now reached northward and its Beijing, the air quality index in the Chinese capital reached as high as 356 at 9 pm which ended the week long streak of having blue sky days.
Readings above 300 is ranked as severe and is the highest rating in the six level rating systems as well. The smog situation is even worse at the surrounding provinces in Hebei as the air quality index in its provincial capital Shijiazhuang hit the 500 level mark which prompted the National Meteorological Center to issue and maintain the orange alert for smog which was issued nationwide.
The smog is predicted to continue to last for a few more days in Hebei, Beijing, Anhui, Tianjin, Zhejiang and Jiangsu. In Nanjing the center of the current smog showed an air quality index at 300 over the weekend. And to protect children from the hazardous air several schools in the Jiangsu capital have been closed. Domestic flights flying in and out of Beijing was also canceled which stranded more the 8,000 passengers.