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he official Xinhua news agency quoted the environmental protection department of Hubei province saying in a statement: "Children, the elderly and people with heart or respiratory diseases are advised to stay indoors." Xinhua said straw burning was the cause and denied there had been any industrial accidents in or near Wuhan, after Internet rumours suggested there had been an explosion at a chemical complex northeast of the city. "I looked out of the window of my office and I could not believe my eyes," said resident Li Yunzhong. "At first I thought it was going to rain. In 31 years in Wuhan I have never known anything like it. We are very worried because we do not know what it is."
Air-quality monitoring showed Wuhan's PM10 particulate concentration stood at 0.574 mg per cubic metre at 2:00 pm, more than triple the daily average of 0.150 mg, Xinhua reported. [Related: What's in the air you're breathing?] But it quoted the environmental protection department saying industrial accidents were not responsible and analysis showed an increase in carbon particles from burning organic matter. "Many farmers choose to burn crops that are left behind in their fields after harvesting," Xinhua said. But Li was sceptical. "I doubt that," he said. "We don't practise large-scale shifting agriculture in our region." Another resident told AFP she was leaving the city because of the cloud.
Air pollution is increasingly acute in major Chinese cities and authorities are frequently accused of underestimating the severity of the problem in urban areas, especially in Beijing.
Air-quality monitoring showed Wuhan's PM10 particulate concentration stood at 0.574 mg per cubic metre at 2:00 pm, more than triple the daily average of 0.150 mg, Xinhua reported.
Originally posted by Veritas1
reply to post by chrismicha77
I agree with you 100% on that one. I believe it is pollution as well. It just seems strange that some of the people have never seen it quite like that or that bad. Perhaps its been that way for quite awhile and people have just now noticed it because they are too busy with thier own lives. Nevertheless, it is quite alarming that it has gotten this bad in China.