The Valle de Aburrá Metropolitan Area (AMVA) reported that after performing an analysis of the state of air quality in the different stations that measure air quality in Medellín showed an increase in PM2.5 levels and some stations presented an Orange ICA.
This means an harmful air, especially for sensitive groups such as older adults, pregnant women and children.
The reason for this phenomenon, according to the environmental authority, is a consequence of vegetal cover fires in the department of Caquetá and in eastern Antioquia.
“In addition to the influence of factors associated with hot spots (fires), other external incidents are added to this condition, such as an increase in humidity from the country’s Pacific,” said Juan David Palacio, director of the AMVA.
Palacio clarified that in the next Air Quality Episode in the Aburrá Valley, which is expected between the end of February and March, it will be necessary to take restrictive measures such as the peak and plate for vehicles charge and possibly lift the exemption for the payment of circulation.
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“It is important to remember that when the permit was presented to the citizens As for the special payment for pico y placa, it was announced that the provision could be lifted according to the results of air quality”, the director pointed out.
However, the director clarified that despite this, The number of population stations that activate the Operational Plan to Address Air Quality Episodes (POECA) nor the declaration of alert due to quality indices harmful to the health of sensitive groups has not yet been reached.
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On the afternoon of this Sunday, February 6, 16 of the 18 POECA stations reported ICA levels (Air Quality Index) yellow. The remaining two stations reported green ICA.