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Unseasonal rain results in smoggy sky in Ho Chi Minh City: expert

Sunday, December 13, 2020, 17:05 GMT+7
Unseasonal rain results in smoggy sky in Ho Chi Minh City: expert
Ho Chi Minh City is covered with smog on December 12, 2020. Photo: Quang Dinh / Tuoi Tre

Ho Chi Minh City has been blanketed by smog over the past days as unseasonal rain resulted in an increase in humidity, causing pollutants to remain longer in the atmosphere, a weather pundit said.

The smog usually appears in the late morning and lingers until the evening.

Local residents have been unable to see the city’s skyline due to the phenomenon.

Ho Chi Minh City is covered with smog on December 12, 2020. Photo: Quang Dinh / Tuoi Tre

Ho Chi Minh City is seen being covered in smog on December 12, 2020. Photo: Quang Dinh / Tuoi Tre

According to Le Thi Xuan Lan, former official at the southern hydro-meteorological station, air pollution is a common problem in all big cities.

As unseasonal rain has been dampening Ho Chi Minh City in the past days, humidity in the air has increased, causing dust and pollutants to remain longer in the atmosphere, which resulted in the smog.

Ho Chi Minh City is covered with smog on December 12, 2020. Photo: Quang Dinh / Tuoi Tre

Ho Chi Minh City is shown being covered in smog on December 12, 2020. Photo: Quang Dinh / Tuoi Tre

“The smog starts becoming thicker in the late morning and afternoon after vehicles and production release a large volume of pollutants into the air,” Lan elaborated.

The weather expert advised people to wear jackets, sunglasses, and face masks when outside to protect their health during this period.

The sky becomes hazy in Ho Chi Minh City on December 12, 2020. Photo: Quang Dinh / Tuoi Tre

The sky becomes hazy in Ho Chi Minh City, December 12, 2020. Photo: Quang Dinh / Tuoi Tre

The Ho Chi Minh City skyline becomes obscure due to smog. Photo: Quang Dinh / Tuoi Tre

The Ho Chi Minh City skyline becomes blurry due to smog. Photo: Quang Dinh / Tuoi Tre

Smog blankets Ho Chi Minh City on December 11, 2020. Photo: Le Phan / Tuoi Tre

Smog blankets Ho Chi Minh City on December 12, 2020. Photo: Le Phan / Tuoi Tre

Commuters travel on the Sai Gon Bridge under the hazy sky in Ho Chi Minh City, December 11, 2020. Photo: Le Phan / Tuoi Tre

Commuters travel on the Saigon Bridge under the hazy sky in Ho Chi Minh City, December 12, 2020. Photo: Le Phan / Tuoi Tre

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