China’s smog is hardly confined to Beijing.
Just days after the Chinese capital’s stifling air pollution prompted officials to issue a “red alert,” the highest level on its alarm system, smog began choking Shanghai, nearly 800 miles to the south, on Monday.
The “yellow alert” issued in Shanghai was two levels below Beijing’s warning, but it still encouraged elderly, young and sick residents to stay in their homes with the windows closed and avoid any outdoor activity. The city experienced its worst recorded air quality in nearly two years, at 281 micrograms of particulates per cubic meter.
“I told [my parents] not to take my daughter outside to play today,” Shanghai resident Li Duan told the South China Morning Post on Tuesday. “Even on rainy days, we can play in parks, wearing raincoats. But in such weather, we can’t. It makes me really frustrated.”
The intense smog lasted until Wednesday, when strong winds blew away the pollutants, Shanghai Daily reported.
Photos of the apocalyptic smog can be seen below.
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