Shanghai`s toxic smog reaches hazardous levels

Known for its terrible air quality, China`s financial hub Shanghai got covered with thick smog on Friday, halting all constructions and forcing the school children to remain indoors.

Updated: Dec 07, 2013, 09:19 AM IST

Zee Media Bureau

Beijing: Known for its terrible air quality, China`s financial hub Shanghai got covered with thick smog on Friday, halting all constructions and forcing the school children to remain indoors.

Some monitoring sites reported that harmful PM 2.5 particles reached 602.5 micrograms per cubic meter on Friday afternoon which is considered to be toxic. The level of smog is the highest since the city began recording such data from December 2012.

Shanghai, which usually has mild to modest air pollution, witnessed high level pollutants in its air quality yesterday. China`s rapid growth and nonexistent environmental regulations are being considered as the reason behind this alarming situation.

Moreover, the dirty air that has gripped Shanghai and its neighbouring provinces for days is attributed to coal burning, car exhaust, factory pollution and weather patterns, and is a stark reminder that pollution is a serious challenge in China.

People reported suffering with cough and breathing problems. Furthermore, fewer people were seen walking on the streets and the vehicle traffic was thin on the roads. Many air flights also got delayed.

(With agency inputs)