farmers send dense smoke over Ha Noi
|Smoke from burning
stacks of straw and waste on fields in the outskirts of Ha Noi is a
danger to people’s health and traffic safety. — VNA/VNS Photo Hoang
HA NOI — Dense smoke
covering many sections of Ha Noi has proven unpleasant to many of the capital’s
A resident in Kim Lien
Quarter in Dong Da District said that the smoke appeared at 6pm on Wednesday and
grew denser and denser. By 8.30pm many homes in the quarter were covered in
Le Thi Chung, who lives on
Thai Thinh Street, said, "My husband and I passed through a road in Hoai
Duc District on Wednesday. There was smoke everywhere and all the drivers had
their headlights on, even though it was the middle of the day."
Thanh Xuan, a resident of
Nghia Tan Ward in Cau Giay District, quickly took her children inside from the
street on Wednesday evening when she saw them coughing and rubbing their eyes.
"At that time the
whole residential quarter looked like it was being smoked out. I’ve never seen
anything like it," Xuan said.
The director of the
National Centre for Hydro-Meteorological Forecasts, Bui Minh Tang, attributed
the problem to straw burning after the rice harvest in the city’s suburbs.
"The hot weather in
recent days blocked atmospheric convection, and the straw burning smoke and
vehicle exhaust could not be released," Tang said.
The smoke may affect local
residents’ health. "People may suffer from respiratory diseases if they
inhale the smoke too often, including tuberculosis and bronchitis," said
Le Thanh Thuy, an official
at the municipal Department of Natural Resources and Environment, said the
department had no measures for the problem, and it was up to local authorities
to control the straw burning in their communes.
Chairman of the Thanh Tri
People’s Committee Nguyen Quang Hieu said, "Residents in Thanh Tri
District burned straw after their harvest, but only in small quantities.
Moreover, experts from the people’s committee often reminded them to burn in
areas that were far from residential areas, so it did not severely harm the
"In one or two more
days, when the farmers are done with their harvests, the smoke will go
away," Hieu said. — VNS