Authorities have issued a red alert on Thursday, October 25, due to high levels of air pollution in the capital city Dakar. Warnings were issued after 900 micrograms per cubic meter was identified, highly exceeding the 20 micrograms per cubic meter standard set by the World Health Organization (WHO). Meteorological and health authorities have advised individuals to limit their exposure to pollution to avoid potential health risks. Poor air quality is expected to persist in Dakar in the coming days.
Senegal experiences high levels of pollution this time of the year due to seasonal desert winds. The WHO has ranked Dakar as one of the most polluted cities in the world.
Individuals in Dakar are advised to monitor the situation and follow any instructions issued by authorities. Due to health risks associated with air pollution, it is advisable to limit outdoor activities. Pollution is especially hazardous to vulnerable individuals (e.g. children, seniors, pregnant women, and individuals suffering from asthma and other respiratory issues). If experiencing breathing difficulties, do not hesitate to seek medical attention, particularly if new symptoms appear (e.g. cough, sore throat, irritated eyes).
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