Smog disrupts Beijing traffic, flights

Last Updated: Sun, Feb 17, 2013 11:40 hrs

Beijing, Feb 17 (IANS) Fresh smog shrouded Beijing and some other provinces in China early Sunday, disrupting highway traffic and flights.

Readings for PM2.5, hazardous particles measuring 2.5 microns in diameter or less, exceeded 200 micrograms per cubic meter at 9 a.m. in some areas, said the Beijing Environmental Protection Monitoring Center.

Moderate or serious air pollution was reported in many parts of Beijing, with a visibility of no more than 500 meters in the early morning, Xinhua reported.

The visibility at Beijing Capital International Airport at one point fell to 5 to 10 meters, delaying some flights.

Beijing stretches of expressways linking to other cities were temporarily closed.

The provinces of Tianjin, Hebei and Henan were also affected by heavy smog Sunday.

Prolonged smog hit many Chinese cities in January.

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