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Afghanistan warns of increase in air pollution

Afghanistan warns of increase in air pollution

Kabul, Dec 27 (Prensa Latina) Afghanistan's Environmental Protection Agency warned that the use of coal, plastic and other similar materials for heating are the main cause of the current air pollution in Kabul.

Experts detailed in a statement that the use of coal to heat homes, as well as the increasing emissions of sulfur oxides through various routes, are recognized as the most important elements for the increase in air pollution in the city.

The worst pollution is recorded between 5 p.m. and midnight (local time), especially in residential areas, Sayed Qayom Hashimi, an agency official, said.

Doctors warned that the polluted air has slightly increased pneumonia cases among children and, if it continues, will enlarge the number of patients with heart disease and other ailments caused by infections.

Pollution has a major impact on the immune system and can lead to cancer, physician Ahmad Shikib Zaheer, warned.

The Kabul municipality said that those who ignore installing carbon filters in their buildings will face legal action.

Every winter, the Afghan capital faces a high level of air pollution due to the use of plastic and charcoal in homes for heating.


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