On September 20-22, the air quality index in 15 different localities in HCM City was measured at 111 – 153 which means bad impacts on health. The highest air pollution was recorded in Binh Thanh and Thu Duc districts and district 2 and 5.
Smog in HCM City (photos by Lao Dong)
Nguyen Anh Giang from Thu Duc District said that he had to drive in smog over the past days, which would be the reason for his symptoms such as eyesore, runny nose and breathing difficulty.
Vision was considerably reduced as buildings could not be clearly seen from further than 100-metres as of 10 am.
People are advised to wear a mask and glass when outside to protect them from eye and respiratory diseases.
According to the Institute for Environment and Resources under the National University-HCM City, the smog in HCM City is mostly due to the high level of exhaust fumes from vehicles, industrial plants and Indonesian forest fires which have spewed toxic haze over neighbouring countries.
The HCM City Department of Natural Resources and Environment, over the past decade, air quality in HCM City has decreased. District 2 and 12 have seen air pollution which is 8-9 higher than 10 years ago.
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