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WHO expertise to be sought over air pollution

If required the World Health Organization’s (WHO) expertise will be sought to take health precautions in the wake of increased air pollution experienced unexpectedly on Tuesday and Wednesday, Central Environmental Authority (CEA) Director General Hemantha Jayasinghe said.

Issuing a media communiqué, the DG however said that the air quality has improved as at yesterday and that the public need not to panic.

He said the CEA, with the aid of its air quality measuring equipment installed in Battaramulla and Kandy, is constantly monitoring the air pollution and would inform the public immediately if there is a change.

“The CEA together with the Meteorology Department and NBRO is conducting research to further determine the causes of unexpected increase of air pollution on November 5 and 6. The updates on air quality will be reported to the Disaster Management Center. We can expect the air quality to further improve in the coming days depending on changes of wind pattern. We have also discussed with the Health Ministry in this regard and taking required steps as per the direction of the President,” the DG said in the statement.

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