China: Heavy smog alert issued

Beijing has issued its first major smog alert of the winter, triggering stringent measures to curb output of heavy industry, EWN says.

The orange alert, the second highest on China’s four-level system, was issued late yesterday.

The Ministry of Environmental Protection warned in a statement that heavy air pollution would envelope Beijing, Tianjin, Hebei and the surrounding area from January 12-17.

According to the forecast, southern areas of Beijing, Tianjin, Hebei, southern Shanxi, western Shandong, and northern Hebei will suffer from toxic air from January 13-15. On January 15, the level of air pollution is expected to surge to the maximum.

Travellers are advised to limit strenuous outdoor activities.

Under an orange alert, factories that make furniture, cement and other heavy industry must limit output by between 30% and 50%. 

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