Sunday, January 01, 2017

24 Chinese cities on pollution red alert

A total of 24 Chinese cities are on red alert due to serious air pollution, which will affect many people's new year holiday plans.

Cities including Shijiazhuang, Baoding and Langfang in northern Hebei Province, Zhengzhou in central China's Henan Province and Jinan in eastern China's Shandong Province, have issued red alerts for severe air pollution, according to China's top environmental watchdog.

Moreover, 21 metropolises and cities including Beijing and Tianjin, have issued orange alerts for air pollution, while 16 cities including Xi'an in northwestern Shaanxi Province are on yellow alert.

The new round of air pollution is forecast to last until Jan. 5 in most cities, said the Ministry of Environmental Protection.

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