'Feed the people with smog whole-heartedly': Heavy smog shrouds North, East and Central China with Beijing, Tianjin, Hebei and Shanghai the hardest hit areas
A police is directing traffic at an intersection in Huangxian county, Anyang city, Henan province, December 7, 2013. [Image via 刘肖坤/CFP]
Heavy air pollution that has harassed Shanghai and Jiangsu province has spread to North China with more than 20 provinces are now shrouded in smog.
Latest statistics from Chinese Ministry of Environmental Protection shows that air pollution in more than 104 cities in 20 provinces of China has reached a level that is classified as hazardous, CCTV reported Saturday morning.
The forecast expects moderate to heavy smog will appear in Anhui, Shandong, Henan, Beijing and Tianjin, while Jiangsu, Shanghai, northern Zhejiang, eastern Anhui and southern Hebei province will be hit by hazardous smog.
CCTV raises the air pollution alert and suggests people staying at home or wearing a mask when going out.
As of 4:00 pm Saturday, Hebei province raised the air pollution alert to highest red level, with visibility level in some areas being only 50 meters and AQI (Air Quality Index) readings reaching off-the-chart level of 500 microgram per cubic meter and above.
As expected, the smog that is rampaging the two most prosperous and densely populated areas of China with Beijing and Shanghai both hardest hit has sparked outrage and mocking among Chinese online population.
A NetEase user from Guizhou province: Feed people smog heart and soul (a homophone to the political Chinese slogan 'serve the people whole-heartedly')!
NetEase user 烂蓝: The gains of the innovation and opening-up policy is stolen while the disastrous results are shared by the ordinary people.
NetEase user 不知关心啥了: The terrible Siberian cold current, we miss you! At this moment we can only count on the northwest wind.
NetEase user iwish7: Chinese dream: rather live poorly but healthy than richly but in poor health.