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Pollution: Air traffic accross northern China comes to a standstill

Friday, 6 January 2017

Beijing: A combination of pollution and heavy fog affected countless road, rail and air passengers across northern China.

By Wednesday afternoon, 154 flights had been cancelled at Tianjin Binhai International Airport, with another 120 delayed.

The city also closed all 20 freeways due to low visibility in the morning, although half were re­opened at 2pm, according to the local transportation commission.

At Shijiangzhuang Zhengding International Airport in Hebei pro­vince, 88 flights were cancelled and 17 delayed as of noon on Wednesday.

All trans-provincial bus service from Beijing Capital International Airport was suspended.

Zhou Caixiang bought tickets to fly from Zhengzhou, capital of Henan province, to her home city of Shenzhen in Guangdong province, weeks ago. However, on Wednesday she abandoned the plan due to heavy smog.

The 26-year-old instead bought seats on the bullet train.

It is better to spend hours on a train than waiting anxiously at an airport, she said, adding that the journey takes two hours by air and seven hours by high-speed rail.

At least 32 cities have issued red alerts for air pollution, the highest emergency response in the four-tiered system.

Source by: Internet

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