Beijing issues highest smog alert, second time this year

World Today


Friday in Beijing the government issued its second air pollution ‘red alert’ this year, which is the highest emergency response level set up there. This is considered to be a new round of heavy smog forecast to choke areas of northern China.

The ‘red alert‘ is set to last 89 hours and will take effect from 7am on Saturday in Beijing until 12:00 am on Wednesday there.

During the period, vehicles are only allowed on the roads based on odd or even license plate numbers. Public education institutions, including kindergartens, primary schools as well as middle schools are advised to suspend classes and students can study at home.

Beijing’s environmental watchdog issued its first air pollution alert last Monday and the emergency response lasted 53 hours.