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IN PHOTOS: 'Orange' blanket engulfs China

February 25, 2014 17:44 IST

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Beijingers are once again choking as smog levels hit "heavy or even worse" levels in the Chinese capital and a number of other cities across the country, CNN reported on Tuesday.

The city was under an "orange" smog alert on Monday, which marks the first time the second-highest warning level of a new system introduced last year has been raised.

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Image: A woman walks past the china Central Television (CCTV) building amid heavy smog in Beijing on Tuesday. China has sent teams of investigators to parts of the country worst hit by air pollution as part of efforts to stop the heavy smog engulfing about 15 percent of the country, including Beijing.
Photographs: Petar Kujundzic/Reuters

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Persistent problems with city air have prompted officials and entrepreneurs to consider ways to protect their citizenry from the pollution, the report stated.

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Image: Cars drive on the second ring road amid the heavy haze in Beijing on Tuesday.
Photographs: Jason Lee/Reuters
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The National Meteorological Centre on Tuesday continued the “orange” smog alert for another 24 hours.

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Image: A man wearing a mask makes his way amid heavy smog in Beijing.
Photographs: Kim Kyung Hoon/Reuters

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Officials at the Ministry of Environmental Protection cited "unfavorable meteorological conditions and firework and firecracker spree(s)" as the cause of the heavily polluted air. China's Lunar New Year celebrations, which took place earlier this month, are often accompanied by firework displays, and neighbourhoods resound with the sound of firecrackers, the report added.

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Image: A man is silhouetted against the haze sky as he walks underneath an overpass and a car uses a light in the daytime amid the heavy haze in Beijing.
Photographs: Kim Kyung Hoon/Reuters

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The air pollution index recorded levels of over 400, referring to the number of PM2.5 -- harmful particulates measuring 2.5 microns or larger -- per cubic meter of air.

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Image: A woman wearing a mask rides an electric bicycle along a street on a hazy afternoon in Beijing on Monday.
Photographs: Petar Kujundzic/Reuters
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The World Health Organisation recommends guideline values of 25 PM2.5 in a 24-hour period, the report pointed out.

The smog is expected to ease towards the end of the week.


Image: A woman covers her nose and mouth with her scarf amid the heavy haze in Beijing on Monday
Photographs: Petar Kujundzic/Reuters

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