Masks out in force as air quality in South Korea plummets

Masked policemen on guard outside the integrated government building in Seoul last Tuesday. A family taking precautions as they venture outside in Seoul. Anti-dust masks are flying off the shelves amid rising pollution. Apartment complexes in Seoul s
Apartment complexes in Seoul shrouded in fine dust last Wednesday. PM2.5 levels in the South Korean capital rose to a record high of 184 micrograms per cu m last Tuesday.PHOTO: REUTERS
Masked policemen on guard outside the integrated government building in Seoul last Tuesday. A family taking precautions as they venture outside in Seoul. Anti-dust masks are flying off the shelves amid rising pollution. Apartment complexes in Seoul s
A family taking precautions as they venture outside in Seoul. Anti-dust masks are flying off the shelves amid rising pollution.PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE
Masked policemen on guard outside the integrated government building in Seoul last Tuesday. A family taking precautions as they venture outside in Seoul. Anti-dust masks are flying off the shelves amid rising pollution. Apartment complexes in Seoul s
Masked policemen on guard outside the integrated government building in Seoul last Tuesday.PHOTO: EPA-EFE

Emergency measures to be passed as choking dust blankets Korean peninsula

Housewife Yvonne Goh, 30, dreads it whenever her mobile phone starts buzzing in a special tone these days.

She has to respond or it will not stop.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on March 10, 2019, with the headline 'Masks out in force as air quality in S. Korea plummets'. Print Edition | Subscribe