Check out these images from the Chilean capital of Santiago.
Smog. Smog… and more smog.
On Monday officials from Santiago declared an “environmental emergency” for the first time since 1999 over air pollution. The drastic measures were put in place after three days of monitoring revealed air pollution levels have failed to decrease.
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The Chilean national team has played all of their group games at the Estadio Nacional in Santiago and are due to play Uruguay there on Wednesday in the quarterfinals, while a semifinal and the final will also be held at the stadium in the east of the capital. Despite the “environmental emergency” officials claim that the game between Chile and Uruguay will go ahead as planned.
City officials are telling people to not engage in physical activities and other outdoor activities due to the combination of high-levels of pollution and the worst drought since 1968. The city of 6.3 million inhabitants is surrounded almost entirely by mountains which makes it difficult for pollution to disperse.
3,000 factories have been shut for the day, while 80 percent of cars with catalytic converters and 40 percent of cars which don’t have them, have also been banned between the hours of 7:30 a.m. and 9 p.m. local time.
Have a look at those photos below to see what the Chilean capital looks like with a thick layer of smog hanging over it.