Dangerous Smog Is Blanketing Beijing And Forcing Citizens Inside

It’s bleak in Beijing, where residents are ordered to stay indoors due to suffocating smog levels.

Air pollution in the Chinese capital is so bad that visibility has in some places fallen to less than several hundred yards.

Photographs posted on social media show the hazy conditions currently affecting its estimated 21 million citizens.

Residents are forced to wear masks over their mouths as the thick fog engulfs skyscrapers and makes them almost invisible to the human eye.

An “orange level” alert was issued by authorities Sunday. It’s the city’s highest smog warning of the year so far, according to the BBC.

View from my hotel room: #Smog occupies Beijing.

– Can you still see the CCTV headquarter building? #airpollution pic.twitter.com/01NHl1e3s4

— George Chen (@george_chen) November 28, 2015

You can taste the GDP today #Beijing pic.twitter.com/xI97s6qKSt

— Robert Foyle Hunwick (@MrRFH) November 30, 2015

View from the BBC Beijing bureau today as China issues highest smog alert of the year pic.twitter.com/jfiQxflP4L

— Maria Byrne (@byrnechina) November 30, 2015

The U.S. Embassy in Beijing reported the level of the poisonous, tiny articles of PM2.5 in the air as being at 391 micrograms per cubic meter at noon Sunday.

It’s more than 15 times greater than the World Health Organization’s safe level of 25 micrograms per cubic meter.

The current smog cloud has been in place since Friday. The Ministry of Environmental Protection expects it to stay until Tuesday, when strong winds from the north are forecast to blow it away.

The north-eastern city of Shenyang came under the spotlight earlier this month after it recorded its PM2.5 reading as 1,157 micrograms per cubic meter on Nov. 9, according to the Guardian. That’s 46 —> Read More

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