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China says smog blanketing cities may finally soon fade


              A carpark attendant dressed as Santa Claus wears a mask during a hazy day in Beijing, China, Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2016. Beijing and much...

              A man wearing a mask for protection against air pollution pushes his luggage at the Beijing Capital International Airport as the capita...

              An airport worker wearing a mask for protection against air pollution loads goods on to an Air China passenger plane at the Beijing Cap...

              People wearing masks for protection against air pollution push their luggage at the Beijing Capital International Airport as the capita...

              A passenger plane flies over a highway outside the Beijing Capital International Airport as the capital of China is shrouded by heavy s...

              A man is silhouetted in front of an Air China passenger plane preparing to take off at the Beijing Capital International Airport as the...

              A man wearing a mask for protection against air pollution looks at a flight information board at the Beijing Capital International Airp...

              An Air China passenger plane prepares to land at the Beijing Capital International Airport as the capital of China through heavy smog o...

              A passenger plane prepares to land at the Beijing Capital International Airport as the capital of China in heavy smog on Wednesday, Dec...

              Air China passenger planes preparing to take off at the Beijing Capital International Airport as the capital of China is shrouded by he...

A carpark attendant dressed as Santa Claus wears a mask during a hazy day in Beijing, China, Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2016. Beijing and much...

A man wearing a mask for protection against air pollution pushes his luggage at the Beijing Capital International Airport as the capita...

An airport worker wearing a mask for protection against air pollution loads goods on to an Air China passenger plane at the Beijing Cap...

People wearing masks for protection against air pollution push their luggage at the Beijing Capital International Airport as the capita...

A passenger plane flies over a highway outside the Beijing Capital International Airport as the capital of China is shrouded by heavy s...

A man is silhouetted in front of an Air China passenger plane preparing to take off at the Beijing Capital International Airport as the...

A man wearing a mask for protection against air pollution looks at a flight information board at the Beijing Capital International Airp...

An Air China passenger plane prepares to land at the Beijing Capital International Airport as the capital of China through heavy smog o...

A passenger plane prepares to land at the Beijing Capital International Airport as the capital of China in heavy smog on Wednesday, Dec...

Air China passenger planes preparing to take off at the Beijing Capital International Airport as the capital of China is shrouded by he...

BEIJING (AP) — Chinese weather forecasters and state media say the dense, gray smog that has smothered much of China, closing schools and grounding planes, may finally soon give way.

The national weather authority said Wednesday that nighttime winds will push out much of the air pollution that has left Beijing and dozens of other cities under a five-day "red alert," the highest level in China's four-tiered warning system.

By the calculations of Greenpeace East Asia, the red alert affects 460 million people. Authorities have closed schools, grounded hundreds of flights and announced emergency shutdowns of factories and highways.

Still, Beijing's air pollution readings on Wednesday remained 15 times above the level considered safe by the World Health Organization. Readings in some cities outside the capital were even higher.


Updated : 2021-07-29 11:23 GMT+08:00