Air Pollution in Korea Worst in 5 Years
luvsmiling, April 2, 2015, 9:39 a.m.
The concentration of fine dust particles hit a record high in Seoul in the past five years as a result of frequent sandstorms and drought, a survey says. According to meteorological information provider Kweather on Wednesday, the average concentration nationwide reached 66㎍/㎥ in March, up about 10㎍ from 56㎍/㎥ on-year.
The figure was 71㎍ in Seoul. March was the month with the highest level of fine dust particles in the past five years. The country was blanketed by sandstorms from China for 5.6 days in March, up from the average of 1.8 days in previous years, according to the Korea Meteorological Administration.
The city saw a lot less rain than in previous years. Some 9.6 mm of rain fell in Seoul in March, a mere 20 percent of the average 47.2 mm rainfall in previous years. Meanwhile, heavy rains are expected to end the drought on Thursday and Friday. Rain will begin to fall across the country on Thursday evening and continue until Friday morning, the Korea Meteorological Administration predicted.