BEIJING, April 29 (Xinhua) -- Beijing endured a dusty month in April. The only nine days of blue sky among the past 29 days showed the most serious air pollution in the past four years, said the municipal environmental protection bureau Saturday.
|Vehicles drive in a street in Beijing,
capital of China, on April 17, 2006. A floating dust haunted Beijing on
Sandstorms from Mongolia and North China's Inner Mongolia Autonomous
Region brought floating dust pollution for seven times in the city in April,
said Pei Chenghu, deputy director of the bureau.
As of Saturday, Beijing's urban area saw 60 days of blue sky this
year, where were 16 days less than the same period last year.
The official said 17 days out of the past four months suffered level
four or five air pollution, but there were only nine such days in the past one
Pei said all the relevant departments in Beijing launched dust and
pollution prevention and control activities to improve the capital's air
Beijing Construction Committee examined more than 9,000 construction
sites and ordered nearly 3,000 to take measures in controlling the dust from the
At the same time, the municipal government will use 13,700 more tons
of water to restrain the floating dust on the streets.
Viewing from the air quality records in the past few years, no floating dust has occurred in May, and the official said he hopes Beijing will have at least 20 days of blue sky in the next month. Enditem