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China pollution: Beijing to be hit by another bout of smog

Press Trust of India  |  Beijing 

China's capital and the neighbouring provinces will be affected with the fresh bout of following a considerable rise in the levels, the National warned today.

The Beijing-Tianjin-region and Shandong, Shanxi, provinces will be hardest hit from January 12 to 17.

and issued orange alerts yesterday for air in the coming days, advising children and the elderly to stay indoors.

Under China's four-tier warning system, red is the most severe, followed by orange, yellow and blue.

Certain construction activities were suspended and heavy-duty vehicles were pulled off the road, state-run Xinhua agency reported.

The alert, the second highest level, will come into effect in from tomorrow and last until Monday, said the city's air emergency response office.

From January 13 to 15, parts of the Beijing-Tianjin- region, southern Shanxi, western as well as northern are forecast to see severe air pollution, with the density of PM2.5, the major air pollutant, estimated to exceed 250 micrograms per cubic meter of air, said the Ministry of Environmental Protection.

The air will gradually improve on January 16, but worsen again the next day. The will be dispersed when a cold front arrives on January 18, the ministry said.

According to the local air emergency response plan, an orange alert should be issued when the average air quality index is forecast to exceed 200 for three consecutive days and one of those days is forecast to be over 300, the report said.

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First Published: Fri, January 12 2018. 13:10 IST