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The people working in the dense fog

(People's Daily Online)

13:50, January 18, 2013

Lao Wang, a sanitation worker, who has been suffering from heavy cough, has a sigh of relief yesterday when the dense fog begins to clear off. (Jinghua/Wang Yixuan)

The 64-year-old Lao Wang came to Beijing five years ago to be a worker to make more money to support his family in hometown.

At four o’clock in the morning on Jan. 11, 2013 when the whole city was still asleep under the dense fog, Lao Wang got up. After washing his face and having the breakfast, he began his hard work.

Lao Wang has been coughing in the foggy days and running black mucus. On the second morning, Lao Wang with aching chest coughed up brown phlegm. The situation was even worse with sore throat on the morning of Jan 13. His friends suggested him to have a rest, but Lao Wang refused, because absentee of one day means that 50 yuan would be deducted from his salary. What is more, he begrudges spending several yuan on the gauze mask.

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