The entirety of Ho Chi Minh City was wrapped in a heavy layer of smog on Friday morning, resulting in poor visibility and subdued sunshine.
The smog became more intense toward noon across all districts in the city, with high-rise buildings engulfed in a thick haze.
Landmark 81, the tallest building in the southern metropolis, was almost invisible to those standing on the Binh Trieu Bridge, which spans the Saigon River and connects Binh Thanh District with Thu Duc City, an administrative district under Ho Chi Minh City.
Bitexco Financial Tower, which became the tallest building in Vietnam after its completion in 2010 and maintained this ranking until January 2011, was barely seen.
Experts explained that this layer of smog, a combination of fog, smoke particles, and dust, is not good for public health.
Data released by the municipal Department of Natural Resources and Environment showed that the content of airborne particulate matters such as PM10 ranged between 60 and 167 micrograms per cubic nanometer in the city by the end of last year, exceeding the allowed limit of 100 micrograms per cubic nanometer.
That of PM.2.5 stayed between 23 and 72 micrograms per cubic nanometer, also surpassing the limit of 50 micrograms per cubic nanometer.
|This layer of smog, a combination of fog, smoke particles, and dust, is not good for public health. Photo: Le Phan / Tuoi Tre
|The entirety of Ho Chi Minh City was wrapped in a thick layer of smog, entailing poor visibility and weak sunshine on December 8, 2023. Photo: Le Phan / Tuoi Tre