Hong Kong chokes under 'worst' air pollution
HONG KONG (AFP) - Hong Kong urged residents to stay indoors onThursday as the city choked under the worst cloud of man-made air pollution the city has ever recorded, officials said.
Air pollutant readings broke records going back to 1999, except for levels reached when a natural dust storm hit the southern Chinese city two years ago, environmental protection department spokesman Y.F. Chau said.
"This is the worst air pollution reading we've seen since Hong Kong started recording air pollution in 1999, except for the dust storm," he said.
Hong Kong's famous skyline was shrouded in a dense blanket of toxic haze and the sky looked grey, although the weather was fine and sunny.