NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Delhi’s 20 million residents said on Thursday that the air quality index (AQI) crossed the “critical” and “dangerous” categories at nearly every monitoring station in the Indian capital. , was effectively smoking. close the school
AQIs exceeded 450 in many locations earlier in the day, according to Central Pollution Control Commission data. According to the federal government, numbers above 400 affect healthy people and severely affect those with pre-existing illnesses.
According to data from the Delhi Pollution Control Commission, the index was above 800 in some districts of the city.
“What is happening with Delhi’s air pollution is nothing less than a crime against humanity!” author and socialite Suhel Seth wrote on Twitter. “Accountability is completely broken!”
The world’s most polluted capital is covered in smog each winter, and cold, heavy air suffuses construction dust, vehicle exhaust, and the burning of stubble to clear fields for the next crop in neighboring states. traps smoke from
Air quality can deteriorate as temperatures cool, winds soften, and winds change direction.
Parents and environmentalists on social media called for the school to close.
“I know children won’t vote for you, but I am calling on all mayors of Delhi (National Capital Region) to close all schools immediately,” environmental activist Vimlendu Jah wrote on Twitter. “Breathing AQIs above 500 is not normal. Not for our children, where one in three children already has some form of lung disease.”
Delhi Prime Minister Arvind Kejriwal, who heads a political party where crop burning is rampant in Punjab, tweeted that “Punjab and Delhi people are doing everything in their power to tackle the pollution.” Stated.
This week, the capital halted most construction and demolition work to curb dust pollution, encouraged residents to share car and motorcycle travel, work from home where possible, and use coal and firewood at home. called for reduction.
Reported by Krishna N. Das.Edited by William Mallard
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