Three areas suffering hazardous levels of air pollution today

Journalist A.Odontuya

2017-01-12 09:04 GMT+8

As of today at 9AM, (Jan 12th), air pollution reaches hazardous levels in three areas of Ulaanbaatar city. 

According to the agaar.mn, an air quality monitoring webstie, levels of PM2.5 particulates reaches;

  • 1202 micrograms per cubic meter in Bayanhoshuu,
  • 902 micrograms per cubic meter at an area nearby Mongolian National Public Television,
  • 603 micrograms per cubic meter in Tolgoit

According to the WHO air quality guidelines, air pollution is safe if amount of particles in air is not higher than 25 microns but it is dangerous if particles amount is higher than 301 microns.

Levels of PM2.5 particulates, which are the most hazardous to health, in heavily polluted areas of Ulaanbaatar city exceeds 48 times above the recommended levels, as compared with the World Health Organization safe level of 25. 

CAUTIONARY STATEMENT

Everyone should avoid all physical activity outdoors; people with heart or lung disease, older adults, and children should remain indoors and keep activity levels low. 

Households should close the window during the most polluted periods (from 6AM to 10AM and 5PM to 9PM).

Moreover, residents should wear PM2.5 pollution mask regularly when go outside. Also, use of air conditioning is effective way to improve indoor air quality. 

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