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05 Dec 2018 | 01:01 PM UTC

China: Air pollution alerts in 79 cities

China News Alert

Hazardous levels of pollution recorded in 79 cities; exercice caution

TIMEFRAME expected from 12/5/2018, 12:00 AM until 12/12/2018, 11:59 PM (Asia/Shanghai). COUNTRY/REGION China

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Event

Air pollution alerts have been triggered in 79 cities across China due to severe winter smog. The affected cities, which include the capital Beijing, are located in the regions of Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei and of the northern Yangtze River delta - including the Jiangsu province - , as well as in the Fenwei plains area of Shanxi (Shaanxi and Henan provinces).

Smog caused by the pollution can result in poor visibility and travel disruptions (air, train, and roads).

The air pollution could also be hazardous to certain groups of people - e.g. children, seniors, pregnant women, and people suffering from asthma and other respiratory issues. Air pollution can be harmful to heart health, as it increases the likelihood of a heart attack.  

Context

Northern China is known for its notoriously high levels of pollution over the winter, which runs from mid-November to mid-March, due to an increased use of coal for power and heating.

Beijing issued its first air pollution alert for the winter season on November 23.

Advice

Individuals present in China are advised to avoid affected areas, monitor the air quality situation, limit outdoor activity, and adhere to any instructions issued by the local authorities. Do not hesitate to seek medical attention if experiencing breathing difficulties.

 

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