Beijing, Nov 29:  China today issued the highest smog alert of the year for capital Beijing, upgrading it from yellow to orange after level of the deadly PM2.5 shot up. The municipal weather centre said humidity and lack of wind would mean the smog will linger for another two days, before a cold front arrives on Wednesday. The reading for the PM2.5, airborne particles smaller than 2.5 microns in diameter, hit 274 micro grams per cubic meter today in most parts of the capital. (Also Read: China to host BRICS media summit) Also Read - G7 Summit 2021: Leaders Pledge to Deliver on Vaccines, Climate; Call Out China on Right Abuses | 10 Points

The smog alert in Beijing for the last two days was yellow. Under the orange weather alert mechanism, industrial plants are required to reduce or shut down production; construction sites to stop the transportation of materials and waste and heavy-duty trucks to remain off the roads. The municipal environment watchdogs have reinforced checks of discharge from coal-fired plants, outdoor barbecues and burning, state-run Xinhua news agency reported. Also Read - 12 Dead, Over 100 Injured in Massive Gas Explosion in China; Rescue Ops Underway

China’s chronic pollution problem has been linked to hundreds of thousands of premature deaths, and has become a major source of problem for the government to grapple with. Particulates are the deadliest form of air pollution due to their ability to penetrate deep into the lungs and blood streams, causing permanent DNA mutations, heart attacks, and premature death. The smaller PM2.5 are particularly deadly, with a 36 per cent increase in lung cancer as it can penetrate deeper into the lungs. Also Read - International Flights: IndiGo Plans Flight Services to Beijing, Moscow, Jakarta And Manila But On THIS Condition