NICOSIA – Dust levels rose further in Cyprus on Sunday afternoon, the Labour Inspection Department said and urged vulnerable groups, particularly children and old people to avoid going outside.
An official statement said that at 2.00 pm on Sunday the hourly concentration of respirable particles in ambient air with diameter less than 10 micrometers (PM10), were between the maximum value of 912 μg/m3 with minimum value of 99 μg/m3
In a second announcement later on Sunday the department said that at 6:00 the hourly concentration of respirable particles in ambient air with diameter less than 10 micrometers (PM10), were between the maximum value of 1805 μg/m3 with minimum value of 263 μg/m3.
Consequently it is expected that the average 24hour concentration will exceed the corresponding limit value of 50 μg/m3 (micrograms per cubic meter), as defined by the relative legislation., it added
Yesterday, Saturday March 1, the average 24hour concentration of respirable particles was between 14 μg/m3 and 41 μg/m3 depending on the location, it added.
“Because of the small size of the respirable particies particulates and the possible negative effect on health, advises the public and particularly vulnerable groups (children, the elderly and patients) are advised to avoid the outdoors until the phenomenon subsides,” it said.
People working outdoors are advised to use suitable protection, it added.