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Red alert in China: Factories shut, cars stopped to tackle pollution

More than 700 companies stopped production in Beijing and traffic police were restricting drivers by monitoring their license plate numbers.

world Updated: Dec 19, 2016 13:11 IST
A woman and a child wear masks for protection against pollution at Ritan Park in Beijing on Monday.
A woman and a child wear masks for protection against pollution at Ritan Park in Beijing on Monday.(AP photo)

Chinese cities are limiting the number of cars on roads and have temporarily shut down factories to cut down pollution during a national ‘red alert’ for smog.

State media reported on Monday that more than 700 companies stopped production in Beijing, and that traffic police were restricting drivers by monitoring their license plate numbers. Dozens of cities closed schools and took other emergency measures after a red alert was issued from Friday night to Wednesday for much of northern China.

Authorities in northern Hebei province ordered coal and cement plants to temporarily shut down or reduce production. Elsewhere, hospitals prepared teams of doctors to handle an expected surge in cases of pollution-related illnesses.

China’s long-standing air pollution is blamed on its reliance on coal and emissions from older cars.