Smog leaving Moscow

August 15th, 2010 - 10:27 pm ICT by IANS  

Moscow, Aug 15 (IANS/RIA Novosti) The smog from wildfires in Russia started leaving Moscow Sunday evening and is unlikely to return early next week, an environmental expert said.
“From the second half of the day, we are observing a drop in the level of air pollution. The reduction (in air pollution) continues and no increases in carbon monoxide and suspended particle concentrations above permissible levels have been registered. The concentrations will continue to decrease by the evening and the return of smoke Monday is unlikely,” said Alexei Popikov of the State Environmental Protection Organisation Mosekomonitoring.

The scientist said the eastern winds that had blown smoke into Moscow from the neighbouring regions would change for the southwestern winds and have a positive effect on the environmental situation in the Russian capital.

Areas affected by wildfires in Russia shrank by 3,000 hectares over the past 24 hours, the Emergency Situations Ministry said Sunday. The ministry said the territory engulfed by wildfires was 53,000 hectares at present.

Since mid-June, the Moscow Region has been in the grips of an abnormal heat wave sparking peat bog and forest fires.

–IANS/RIA Novosti

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