Environment

Chinese Pollution Chokes Korean Peninsula

South Korea was hit by the highest concentration of toxic yellow dust in five years as winds from China’s industrial centres, located to the north and west, blew in the acute air pollution.

The chemical-laden dust typically arrives each winter from southern Mongolia and northern China, where deserts have experienced meagre precipitation and swirling low-pressure areas.

Residents across most of South Korea were advised to stay indoors or to wear protective masks and goggles when venturing outdoors.

The pollution is known to cause cardiac and respiratory problems, especially among the very young and the aged.

Seoul skyline dulled by thick pall of yellow dust as a pedestrian tries to protect herself from the pollution.

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