Guangzhou top for acid rain

PUBLISHED : Friday, 03 September, 1999, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 03 September, 1999, 12:00am

Guangzhou and the Zhujiang Delta region in Guangdong have the most acid rain in southern China, according to a report in the Beijing Morning Post.

The Guangdong province Environmental Protection Department announced that more than 90 per cent of the rainfall over Guangzhou and 50 per cent over the delta was acidic, the report said.

Seventeen cities in Guangdong have already been designated as suffering from acid rain, with the state helping to introduce controls to alleviate the problem.

These include cutting car emissions and monitoring 'smokestack' factory output.

Acid rain is mainly caused by sulphuric acid released from coal-burning power stations within the region. It has greatly affected much of the water resources in the region as well as the acidity of the soil.