Experts urge for vigilance as cold and air pollution may increase

Published On: December 7, 2021 04:50 PM NPT By: Republica  | @RepublicaNepal

KATHMANDU, Dec 7: Experts have warned that the influence of westerly winds could lower the temperature in Nepal.

Experts have suggested the government start preparations in this regard, saying that due to the westerly winds, the air flow across the country, including the high mountainous areas, will not be able to flow smoothly, which will have a direct impact on public health.

Climate Expert Dr Dharmaraj Upreti said that the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Authority should start necessary strategic preparations to avoid climate-related disasters. He said that since four cyclones come to India every year and its impact is also felt in Nepal, a phased preparation should be started for the health security of the people.

Stating that the mask would protect from COVID-19 as well as from air pollution, he said that the mask was now a way of saving lives and urged its mandatory use. He urged all not to go out of the house to avoid the polluted air.

Dr Upreti said that pollution can be avoided if the polluting industries are run alternately and the vehicles that cause a lot of pollution are shut down. Dr Upreti said that it was necessary to make the general public aware of the impending danger by the National Emergency Operation Center. He also warned that ignoring air pollution would increase mortality. 

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