Air quality index reaches hazardous levels in three areas today

Journalist A.Odontuya

2017-02-16 09:29 GMT+8

As of today at 9:00 am (Feb 16th), areas nearby Mongolian National Public Television, Tolgoit and Bayankhoshuu have the highest air quality index. 

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

  • 505 micrograms per cubic meter in Tolgoit,
  • 452 micrograms per cubic meter at an area nearby Mongolian National Public Television,
  • 252 micrograms per cubic meter at an area nearby Bayanhoshuu

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 20 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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