China main­tains yel­low alert for smog

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Bei­jing: China main­tained yel­low alert for smog yes­ter­day as the pol­lu­tion hav­ing choked most re­gions in the north showed lit­tle sign of abat­ing. Yes­ter­day morn­ing, PM 2.5 den­sity in most parts of Bei­jing ranged be­tween 260 and 400 mi­cro­grams per cu­bic me­tre, far above the safety stan­dard set by the World Health Or­gan­i­sa­tion, ac­cord­ing a state­ment on the Na­tional Me­te­o­ro­log­i­cal Cen­ter (NMC) web­site.

Other re­gions, in­clud­ing He­bei, Shan­dong, He­nan and Shaanxi provinces, will also be shrouded by heavy smog through yes­ter­day be­fore a cold front grad­u­ally dis­perses the pol­lu­tion, the NMC fore­casted. Heavy rain will con­tinue in the south. The state­ment re­minds peo­ple to pay more re­gard to safety on the roads. China has a four-tier warn- ing sys­tem for se­vere weather, with red be­ing the most se­ri­ous, fol­lowed by or­ange, yel­low and blue. Source: Xin­hua

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