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Hong Kong chokes on record high pollution

Monday, April 15, 2013 - 01:33

April 15 - Authorities urge Hong Kong residents stay indoors after scientists noted pollution levels were at their highest level this year. Deborah Gembara reports.

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On the streets of Hong Kong, they clutched tissues and used masks --- to try and battle what the government says are record high pollution levels for this year. People with respiratory illnesses, children and seniors have been advised to stay indoors. SOUNDBITE: Teacher Lee Faulkener saying: "The reason I'm wearing it is because the pollution here in Hong Kong it dreadful today. Appalling. The worst I've seen it since I've seen it the two years I've lived in the city The city's iconic harbor was shrouded in smog and the skyline - barely recognizable. Locals say this isn't the worst of it. SOUNDBITE: Hong Kong local Vivien saying: ""Today, I think it's not the worst today. Usually spring time should be good. Because after (winter) time it should be no more (foggy). It's not so bad after the heavy rainfall for so many days. But of course, the pollution keep going worse in Hong Kong already. Yeah. Because of the traffic, because of everything, people using so many chemicals, so pollution is going worse." More than 300 people died in Hong Kong last month due to pollution related health problems. The air quality is so bad, it has been likened to that of mainland China. Many in Hong Kong also worry it could undermine their role as a financial center due to the numbers of executives who've relocated because of health concerns.

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Hong Kong chokes on record high pollution

Monday, April 15, 2013 - 01:33