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중국 새해연휴 1억2천만명 대이동••• '스모그 난민' 도시 탈출 Chinese people are starting the new year chocking on smog. Despite Beijing's claims of making efforts to reduce air pollution, heavy smog alerts have been issued for the northern parts of the country.. The air was so toxic in some areas that it even residents took off to spend their New Year's elsewhere far from home. Lee Ji-won has the full story. With the smog in the northern parts of China getting worse by the day,... a smog alert has been issued in over 60 cities... and a huge number of residents spent their New Year's away from the area. According to China's environmental protection ministry, red alerts have been issued for 24 cities. That's the highest level in China's four-tier pollution warning system and at that level, factories, schools and construction sites are closed. On top of that, the next alert levels of orange and yellow have been issued for 37 cities,... including the capital of Beijing. "Nobody likes smog. Smog has negative effects on people's emotions and we're all feeling very bad about this." "I feel so depressed. I have a child, but I can only keep him at home and he can't even go out to get any sunshine. This really worries me." Reports say the bad smog can be attributed to an increase in violators of a five-year plan aimed at reducing air pollution. The ministry said the cold weather was also a factor, as more coal is burned for heating, in addition to the already poor atmospheric circulation in the winter. As a result,... some 120-million residents of places in northern China spent their three-day New Year's holiday in the southern parts of the country, including Sanya, which saw a 7-point-7 percent increase in tourists on the first day of the new year,... compared to same time last year. The Chinese government is currently working to alleviate the pollution by dispatching inspection teams to factories, but the ministry says current air pollution levels are expected to last until Thursday. Lee Ji-won, Arirang News Visit ‘Arirang News’ Official Pages Facebook(NEWS): http://www.facebook.com/newsarirang Homepage: http://www.arirang.com Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/arirangtv Twitter: http://twitter.com/arirangworld Instagram: http://instagram.com/arirangworld
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