China pollution

Heavy smog leaves elderly couple lost and wandering Chinese city of Nanjing for 9 hours

  • The air pollution made all the buildings in the couple’s neighbourhood look the same, a Jiangsu Broadcasting Network report said
  • A helpful passer-by reported their situation to the police, who managed to contact the couple’s daughter
PUBLISHED : Thursday, 29 November, 2018, 10:06pm
UPDATED : Friday, 30 November, 2018, 1:17am

An elderly couple became lost and wandered around the eastern Chinese city of Nanjing for nine hours while the city was cloaked in smog on Tuesday, reported Jiangsu Broadcasting Network on Wednesday.

The unnamed couple went out at around 9am to do their grocery shopping and got lost when the heavy smog made all the neighbourhood buildings look the same, according to the report.

They wandered around trying to find their way in the neighbourhood until 6pm, when a kind-hearted passer-by reported their situation to the police.

Police managed to contact their daughter, who soon took them home from the police station.

“I went outside with my wife to buy vegetables and could not find the way back,” the husband was quoted as saying. “I had left my phone at home where no one could answer it.”

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Heavy smog has hit several provinces in eastern China including Jiangsu, where Nanjing is located. There, a heavy fog red alert was issued on Monday afternoon, the most severe level of a four-tier system, and an orange warning for pollution.

Many flights out of the city’s main airport were delayed on Tuesday because of poor visibility.

Major roads and bridges in the province were closed and locals were advised by police to travel by train or subway.

The Jiangsu Meteorological Bureau warned people to reduce their outdoor activities and take care if using the roads.

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Children and the elderly, in particular, were urged to take preventive measures to reduce the health risk from the air pollution.

The smog is predicted to end on Saturday or Sunday as cold air moves into the region.