Mild air pollution to continue

Updated: 2012-08-20 08:01

(China Daily)

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Mild air pollution to continue

Mild air pollution is expected to continue shrouding the capital for the next two days due to the weather, authorities said.

Low pressure and steady airflow will prevent the city's pollution levels from decreasing. From 9 am Saturday to 9 am Sunday, the average density of PM 2.5 was 147 micrograms per cubic meter, almost twice the standard of 75 micrograms per cubic meter, according to the Beijing Municipal Environmental Monitoring Center.

Visibility on highways has also been poor.


Typhoon Kai-Tak claims two

Typhoon Kai-Tak left two people dead, two missing and forced 530,000 people to be relocated by noon on Sunday, according to official figures.

The typhoon destroyed around 4,200 houses and damaged another 17,300 in South China's Guangdong province and Guangxi Zhuang autonomous region, according to the Ministry of Civil Affairs and the National Commission for Disaster Reduction.

The deaths and missing persons were all reported in the severely hit Guangxi. The typhoon has caused economic losses of 608 million yuan ($95.6 million) in the region.


Aircraft crash kills one, injures two

One person died and two others were injured when an aircraft crashed into a lake on Saturday afternoon in the Northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region, local authorities said on Sunday.

Around 1:30 pm, the aircraft carrying three people, including the pilot, crashed into Bosten Lake, a tourist spot in Xinjiang's Bohu county, according to the county government.

The front of the aircraft plunged into the lake bottom.


Plane hits bird, forced to land

A Spring Airlines flight from Shanghai to Hong Kong was forced to make an emergency landing at Pudong International Airport on Saturday noon after colliding with a bird soon after it took off.

Officials with Spring Airlines confirmed the plane returned to the airport at 11:26 am, just minutes into the trip, relying on only one engine.

They said the aircraft landed safely. None of the 173 passengers on board was hurt and all of them were moved to another plane after a four-hour delay.


Official dismissed from post

An officer in Huzhou city, Zhejiang province, was dismissed from his post for pushing a reporter into a pond on Wednesday, The Beijing News reported on Sunday.

Shi Guofeng, deputy head of Balidian township in Wuxing district of Huzhou, was dismissed from all of his posts, according to the report.

Shi pushed a journalist from a television station in Zhejiang into a pond to prevent the reporter from doing a story about large numbers of fish that had died in cultivation ponds in Balidian. The reporter's camera was damaged.

Boy stabbed to death in attack

An 8-year-old boy was stabbed to death and his sister suffered serious injuries in a brutal attack in Zhejiang province on Saturday.

The suspect, a 26-year-old man whose surname is Liao, is a neighbor of the victims and a colleague of their parents. Police arrested Liao near a bus station on Saturday, Hangzhou Daily reported. The suspect has a history of mental disorders, according to his relatives.

Xiao Biao died in a hospital. His sister Xiao Xue, 14, was in intensive care after an operation at a hospital. They were home alone when Liao broke into the house holding a knife, according to the report.


Mine managers detained by police

The managers of Ruifeng Coal Mine in Fugu county, Shaanxi province, were detained by police for their roles in a mine collapse on Thursday, China News Service reported on Sunday.

According to the report, the coal mine doesn't have production safety licenses. The collapse was caused by illegal extraction.

The collapse occurred at 1:50 pm on Thursday, trapping 16 miners. Fifteen were safely lifted out of the mine. One person is still missing.

China Daily-Xinhua