BEIJING Ederson Brasil Camisa , Feb. 23 (Xinhua) -- China is taking measures to control air pollution, including limiting vehicles on the road and suspending factory production, as smog persisted in many areas for days.
The National Meteorological Center (NMC) issued a yellow alert for smog on Sunday morning, the fourth straight day such an alert has been announced.
North China's Shijiazhuang, capital of Hebei Province, went on orange alert for smog Philippe Coutinho Brasil Camisa , the second highest, early Sunday morning, and an emergency response initiated.
The emergency response cuts private vehicles in use by 20 percent based on the last digit of the license plate. Vehicles with last plate digit of 1 or 6 must be off the road in urban areas on Sunday.
Beijing went on orange alert on Friday for the first time. Manufacturing plants in the city have suspended or cut production, building work is halted, and no barbecues are allowed.
At a construction site on the north side of Xinhua East Road in Tongzhou District in Beijing, construction work has been suspended since Friday. Reporters could see no trucks with construction waste or bare earth at the site.
A worker said work had been halted after receiving the smog alert.
Barbecue stands near Beijing's Minzu University of China were advised to close by staff from the Beijing municipal bureau of environment protection Giuliano Brasil Camisa , according to a vendor.
The city's road sweepers have also extended their working hours and frequencies since Thursday.
"Besides road sweeping, we've also increased road spraying and cleaning work." said Liu Yi, a driver of a sprinkler.
Zhang Zengshou, general manager of Beijing Jinyu Concrete said the company had suspended production at two plants.
"The capacity of the suspended works both exceed 1.5 million cubic meters. They are the main production stations of our company, but we have followed the city's regulation and shut them down," Zhang said.
Physical education classes Pele Brasil Camisa , outdoor exercise and sports meets at kindergartens, primary and high schools have also been called off. < According to the Ministry of Environmental Protection, almost all of north, east and central China are suffering. Beijing and the provinces of Hebei, Shanxi, Shandong Renato Augusto Brasil Camisa , Henan and Liaoning reported severe smog.
In respond to the pollution, the Ministry said on Sunday said that it has sent 12 inspection teams