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Beijing issues warnings as smog continues

Published on Jan 30, 2013 2:40 PM

BEIJING (AFP) - Beijing urged residents to stay indoors on Wednesday as emergency measures were rolled out aimed at countering a heavy cloud of smog blanketing the Chinese capital and swathes of the country.

The municipal government said children, the elderly and people sensitive to poor air quality should remain indoors, after authorities announced the closure of 103 factories and ordered 30 per cent of official cars off the road on Tuesday.

As the thick cloud of toxic air choked Beijing for the third consecutive day, the now familiar sight of mask-wearing pedestrians venturing out on heavily-polluted roads was broadcast regularly on state media.

Visibility in central Beijing was reduced to 300m, according to China Central Television, causing 29 flights to be cancelled and another seven delayed.

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