Nigeria's Port Harcourt covered in mystery cloud of soot

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The Nigerian city of Port Harcourt used to be known as "The Garden City". However, it has recently been covered in a blanket of black soot, which has prompted the federal government to declare a pollution emergency there.

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image captionPort Harcourt is hardly recognisable under the cloud of think could of soot and smog that has covered it since November 2016.
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image captionThe smog has led the federal government to declare an emergency in Port Harcourt, while some local factories have been closed.
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image captionThe cause of the smog is not clear but some have blamed illegal oil refineries or the practice of burning tyres.
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image captionThis is what happens if you wipe your hand on an exposed surface, such as a parked car.
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image captionLocal residents have mobilised using the hashtag #StopTheSoot.
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image captionIt has become impossible to keep cars clean.
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image captionLocal residents are increasingly worried about their health.
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image captionHowever, daily life carries on as much as possible.
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image captionPeople still have to go the market to buy and sell food.
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image captionAnd children still have to go to school...
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image captionHowever bad the smog is.
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image captionWhile street vendors and cobbler still brave the smoke to earn their living.

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