August 16, 2022

Fine-particle dust engulfs Pyongyang, but most citizens unprotected

Mask-wearing not common among North Korean citizens, frequent visitors say

Pollution caused by fine-particle dust appears to have engulfed Pyongyang and especially southern parts of North Korea, data published by air quality tracking websites showed on Wednesday.

The toxic conditions come amid days of severe air pollution in neighboring South Korea, which since last Friday has been regularly classed as reaching "very unhealthy" levels by the World Air Quality Index project.