Air quality in Saigon worsened Sunday as a thick haze enveloped the city since early morning, which is expected to last until Monday.
The haze has covered iconic towers like Landmark 81, Vietnam’s tallest building with 81 floors, and 68-floor Bitexco tower in downtown area. It is so thick that the buildings cannot be seen from 300 meters away. Drivers’ vision has been affected by the haze.
A view from Thu Thiem Bridge in District 2 shows the city center shrouded in a thick haze in the morning of September 22, 2019. Photo by VnExpress/Thanh Nguyen.
Meteorologist Le Dinh Quyet explained the haze as being caused by a tropical convergence zone, a band of clouds consisting of showers formed in Vietnam’s south central region, causing heavy rain in the morning and evening. With low daytime temperatures, this led to a high level of humidity, causing the haze, he said.
“The phenomenon also shows air pollution and high dust levels in the air,” Quyet said, adding that the haze is likely to reduce from Monday as the cloud band moves north. This would also mean less rain the city.