The smog in China has led to an emergency situation in ten cities.
Red alerts are the norm in various Chinese cities. People have been told to stay within their residences in over 10 cities. Vast swathes of China could face the worst pollution ever pretty soon.
Beijing alone is in its second red alert for the sake of pollution precautions. The industrial port Tianjin is included in the red alert this time around.
Among the restrictions imposed by red alerts are orders for people to stay indoors, schools to suspend classes temporarily and an end to vehicular use.
Among the ten cities are: Tianjin, Puyang, Xinxiang, Dezhou, Handan, Xintai, Langfang, Hengshui, Xinji and Anyang. These are among a total list of 30 cities that have been affected badly by pollution.
Another 20 have been visited by heavy smog. Let’s not forget that a red alert is the highest of a four level alert system. The other levels are blue, yellow and orange.
Beijing finished its red alert on Tuesday. The quality of the air was very slowly but imperceptibly getting better with the passing time, according to BBC.
However, parts of Henan and Hebei were facing heavy pollution. China has faced extreme levels of pollution in recent years. This is especially so in the coal-dependent northeast region which also happens to be the industrial center of the nation.
After much criticism from the public, the government has finally sat up and taken notice of the situation. It is now giving orders and taking steps to ameliorate the polluted air.
The toxic haze in Beijing has badly affected the health of many of the denizens. There are even residents who use imported air from Canada to sustain themselves at home.
While outside, they use a muffler or scarf to keep out the smog from their systems. But when inside their homes, they choose to put a gas mask on their children faces and have them breath the pure fresh air in a can that came all the way from Canada.
The skies of China have gone black and grey at various places. Such extreme pollution is a health hazard alright. Just breathing such polluted air causes a heaviness and wheezing in the chest.
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