Date
14 December 2017
Dense smog lies over the city, filling Hongkongers' lungs with toxic particles and noxious gases. Photo: AFP
Dense smog lies over the city, filling Hongkongers' lungs with toxic particles and noxious gases. Photo: AFP

Air pollution in Hong Kong hits highest levels

Hongkongers were choking on air pollution that hit danger levels in most areas Wednesday, am730 reported, citing data from the Environmental Protection Department.

The EPD has raise a public health warning.

The Air Quality Health Index showed serious pollution levels of 8 or higher at all 15 monitoring stations, including three roadside stations in Central, Causeway Bay and Mong Kok.

A reading of 8 indicates a “very high” health risk.

Kwun Tong, Tsuen Wan and Kwai Chung recorded readings of 10, the highest possible level.

Light winds could not help disperse airborne particulates, which resulted in higher levels of nitrogen dioxide in the air, the report said.

Christine Loh, the undersecretary for the environment, was quoted as saying air pollution is a regional problem in the Pearl River Delta and is hard to solve quickly, the paper reported.

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