Greater than 100 wildfires rage throughout Mexico as authorities declare EMERGENCY

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Residents in the heavily populated metropolis have been warned to avoid outdoor activities and exercise, and have been advised to remain indoors with windows and doors tightly shut.

The elderly, sick and small children have been advised to stay indoors as much as possible.

Mexico City’s Environmental Commission has been under increasing pressure to act after ash and smoke over the city saw visibility drop significantly.

The health authorities say fine particles in the atmosphere, as a result of the blazes, has skyrocketed to 158mg per cubic metre of air.

For reference, the World Health Organisation recommends air quality of 25mg of fine particles or less.

The current air pollution level in Mexico City has surpassed New Delhi – known to be the world’s most polluted capital city – which averages 113.5mg annually.

Mexico City’s air pollution levels were historically seen as lethal to human health, but conditions steadily improved during the 1990s.

However, recent years have shown signs of considerable deterioration.

Ongoing dry weather conditions have led to a spate of wildfires breaking out around the city.

There are currently around 108 wildfires burning across 17 Mexican states.

According to El Universal, there are around 14 major fires in Guerrero, 13 in Oaxaca, 12 in México state, 11 in Veracruz, 10 in Michoacán, nine in both Puebla and Chiapas, six each in Jalisco and Chihuahua, four in Mexico City and San Luis Potosí, two in Tamaulipas, Hidalgo, Guanajuato and Yucatán, and one apiece in Aguascalientes and Querétaro.

Around 7,500 firefighters are working around the clock to bring the blazes under control.

Civil Protection chief León claimed that nine of every 10 fires that burn in Mexica are the result of “people’s carelessness or irresponsibility.”

He added that 41% of blazes are caused by smaller fires that have spiralled out of control, while 10% start from discarded cigarette butts.

The fire chief added that climate factors including high temperatures, wind and low humidity have contributed to the spread of fires.

MEXICO has declared an environmental emergency across Mexico City as smoke from more than 100 wildfires raised air pollution to potentially harmful levels.

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