Delhi airs ‘crime against humanity’, prompting calls to close schools

Delhi airs ‘crime against humanity’, prompting calls to close schools

Delhi airs ‘crime against humanity’, prompting calls to close schools

NEW DELHI, NOVEMBER 3 (Reuters) – Delhi’s 20 million residents were literally breathing smoke on Thursday as the air quality index (AQI) breached “heavy“and”dangerous‚ÄúCategories in almost every monitoring station in the Indian capital, raising calls to close schools.

According to the Central Pollution Control Board, the AQI crossed 450 in many places earlier in the day. A reading above 400 affects healthy people, with serious effects on those with pre-existing conditions, the federal government says.

According to the Delhi Pollution Control Board, the figure was over 800 in some pockets of the city.

“What is happening in Delhi with air pollution is nothing but a crime against humanity.” author and friend Suhel Seth wrote on Twitter. “There is a complete collapse of responsibility.”

The world’s most polluted capital is shrouded in smog every winter as cold, heavy air traps construction dust, car exhaust and smoke from burning crop stubble in neighboring states to clear fields for the next crop.

Cooler temperatures, calmer winds and their direction worsen air quality from time to time.

Parents and environmentalists demanded to close the schools on social networks.

“I know children are not voting for you, but still I request all chief ministers of Delhi (capital region) to close all schools immediately,” environmental activist Vimlendu Jha wrote on Twitter. “It is NOT NORMAL to breathe 500+ AQI, not for our children where one in three children already have lung problems.”

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, whose party also leads Punjab, where crop burning is rampant, said on Twitter that “the people of Punjab and Delhi are taking all steps at their level” to tackle pollution.

The capital has halted most construction and demolition activities this week prevent dust pollution and urged residents to share car and motorcycle trips, work from home when possible, and reduce the use of coal and firewood at home.

Report by Krishna N. by class; Editing by William Mallard

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