Wednesday, 24 October, 2018

China raises alert level to warn of extreme pollution

Beijing, Dec 8 (IANS/EFE) China Saturday issued an orange alert, the most serious warning after a red alert, citing the dangerous pollution levels registered in various parts of the country that have forced expressways to close and flights to be either delayed or cancelled. The Chinese Meteorological Centre Saturday raised the alert level to orange along the east coast of the country including Jiangsu, Zhejiang, Anhui and the Shanghai metropolitan area, in the central region including Henan, and in the north where the nation’s capital Beijing is located. Saturday’s severe pollution caused the temporary closure of about 100 expressways in eastern China and a number of flight cancellations or delays at airports in the coastal cities of Qingdao and Jinan, both in the eastern province of Shandong. The regions of Jiangsu, Zhejiang and Henan have suffered six days of suffocating air pollution, while Shanghai, the economic capital of China, reached such critical levels Friday that official vehicles were forced off the streets, construction works were suspended and children were not allowed outdoors.

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