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Montreal air quality ranks worst in the world as officials urge people to stay indoors

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Quebec on Sunday as more than 110 wildfires raging in the northern parts of the province set more communities on high alert for new evacuation orders.Environment Canada issued smog warnings for wide swaths of the north, south and west of the province, including Montreal, Quebec, Laval, Longueuil and Trois-Rivières.In Montreal and Ottawa, the air quality health index was listed at 10 or more, a level described as “very high risk.”Environment Canada said the poor air quality due to the forest fires will likely continue until Monday morning, adding the risk is highest for people with lung or heart disease, elderly people, children, pregnant women and those who work outdoors.“Stop any outdoor activities and contact your health care provider if you or someone in your care experience shortness of breath, wheezing (including asthma attacks), severe coughing, dizziness or chest pain,” it wrote. “If you experience any symptoms or feel unwell, stay indoors.”In Montreal, the smell of smoke lingered under yellow-gray skies as officials cancelled activities and urged people to stay indoors.A triathlon in Montreal and an ironman race in Mont-Tremblant were both cancelled, along with local soccer and baseball matches.Air quality – Until June 26 at noon:· Please stay indoors where possible· Outdoor sports facilities are closed (including pools and wading pools)· Outdoor cultural activities are cancelled.More messages will follow.— Ville de Montréal (@MTL_Ville) June 25, 2023Meanwhile, the 7,500 residents of the northern Quebec municipality of Chibougamau were on edge after warned they may need to evacuate their homes for a second time this month as two out-of-control wildfires gain ground.Officials issued a Facebook post saying they’re.

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