The air pollution in Hong Kong on Monday morning was five times worse than in Beijing, according to the World Air Quality Index Project Team.
The Air Quality Index shows air pollution level in Hong Kong at an “unhealthy” score of 192, compared to a score of 34 recorded in Beijing, categorised as “good.”
Hong Kong’s air pollution health index on Monday ranged from moderate to “very high” for general monitoring stations located in 13 districts in the territory, according to the Environmental Protection Department.
Three roadside stations in Central, Causeway Bay and Mong Kok also indicated a “very high” health risk.
The general public is advised to avoid staying outdoors, especially in areas with heavy traffic.
Is this still bad Hong Kong “weather” or smog like last week. Index says it’s just at 4. pic.twitter.com/rEMP9iacRp
— Erin Hale (@erinhale) January 22, 2018
The department forecast a moderate-to-serious health risk for Monday afternoon, but the risk is expected to be reduced to low or moderate by Tuesday morning.
Images captured by the Hong Kong Observatory showed low visibility owing to dense smog.
The PM2.5 level on Monday ranged from 63 micrograms per cubic metre to as high as 152, according to the Hedley Environmental Index managed by the School of Public Health at the University of Hong Kong.
Pollution is through the roof in Hong Kong today. Disgusting. pic.twitter.com/5kud2lFpaT
— Finbarr Bermingham (@fbermingham) January 22, 2018
PM2.5 is a measure of the density of hazardous particulate in the air. The World Health Organization daily PM2.5 limit is 25 micrograms per cubic metre.
Earlier this month, the Beijing Municipal Environmental Protection Bureau said the city saw the best air quality since pollution control measures were implemented five years ago.
Just heard a tour guide in Tamar Park telling his guests “this is not pollution”. Wrong my friend, it is pollution and it’s being blown straight in from the motherland #pollution #Hongkong @exUKexHK pic.twitter.com/ZDF1NCJocn
— James Ockenden 何璟亨 (@BlueSkiesChina) January 22, 2018
Local authorities took measures such as banning coal-fired boilers, phasing out cars with high emission and shutting down plants and manufacturing companies over the past five years.
Correction 9.4.18: The Hedley Environmental Index is managed by the School of Public Health at the University of Hong Kong, not the Chinese University of Hong Kong.