as smog sparks health emergency
Last Updated : GMT 05:21:58
Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today
Last Updated : GMT 05:21:58
Arab Today, arab today

Delhi shuts schools

As smog sparks health 'emergency'

Arab Today, arab today

Arab Today, arab today As smog sparks health 'emergency'

Runners take part in the New Delhi 10K Challenge
New Delhi - Arab Today

Authorities in Delhi on Monday closed schools, halted construction work and shut down a major power plant after days of choking smog led to warnings of a health "emergency" in the world's most polluted capital.

Pollution levels have spiked in recent days as farmers in neighbouring Indian states burn crop stubble after the harvest and temperatures cool, trapping pollutants in a smoggy haze over the city.

Delhi's air quality generally worsens with the onset of autumn, particularly after the Diwali festival when millions of revellers let off heavily polluting firecrackers.

But this year's change has been particularly dramatic, with the American embassy reporting hazardous pollution levels for several days running.

On Monday morning it put levels of PM2.5 -- the fine particles linked to higher rates of chronic bronchitis, lung cancer and heart disease -- at an off-the-charts 778. 

Levels between 301 and 500 are classified as "hazardous", meaning everyone faces a risk of respiratory effects and should stay indoors, while levels above 500 are beyond the official index.

Manan Mahato, who drives an auto rickshaw in Delhi, said he had sent his children to his native village because he was worried about their health.

"It has become risky to stay in Delhi because of the pollution," he said, holding a handkerchief over his mouth because he cannot afford a proper face mask.

"I am sending my children back to the village as I am worried for their health. If it stays like this, I think this city won't be liveable anymore."

On Sunday hundreds of people, many wearing face masks, gathered in central Delhi to demand immediate action to curb the pollution levels, currently around 30 times the World Health Organization's recommended PM2.5 safe limit of 25 micrograms per cubic metre of air.

- 'Emergency situation' -

Long queues formed outside shops selling face masks, a relative novelty in Delhi as are the air purifiers that now feature in the homes of wealthy residents.

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and his top ministers held a meeting later Monday with the city's lieutenant-governor, who announced a ban on bursting fire crackers, including at weddings. He, however, exempted religious events. 

The Delhi government on Sunday announced a series of measures including shutting schools for three days, banning all construction work for five days and the temporary closure of a coal-fired power plant.

It also said it was considering cloud-seeding to produce rain, a technique Beijing used to clear the air before the 2008 Olympic Games.

Anumita Roychowdhury, executive director at the Delhi-based Centre for Science and Environment (CSE), said the city faced an "emergency situation".

"These temporary emergency measures are critical for bringing down the peak pollution levels," she said.

"Of course this cannot be permanent, you cannot keep people indoors forever," she added.

A 2014 World Health Organization survey of more than 1,600 cities ranked Delhi as the most polluted.

Kejriwal said he may reintroduce car rationing in the city after a successful two-week trial earlier this year.

But the Delhi government is powerless to stop the mass burning of fields in the nearby states of Haryana and Punjab.

Businessman Harish Sharma said the authorities had "completely failed" to tackle pollution.

"We have to save the present generation as well as the future generations from this disaster," he told AFP.

Sunita Narain, head of the CSE which has petitioned the Supreme Court to force the government to act, called it a "public health emergency".

"The situation is very bad. The poisonous air is very harmful for all of us," she said.

"We hope the court will hear our plea and order the governments to do whatever is required."

The court is due to hear the petition on Tuesday.

Source: AFP

arabstoday
arabstoday

Name *

E-mail *

Comment Title*

Comment *

: Characters Left

Mandatory *

Terms of use

Publishing Terms: Not to offend the author, or to persons or sanctities or attacking religions or divine self. And stay away from sectarian and racial incitement and insults.

I agree with the Terms of Use

Security Code*

as smog sparks health emergency as smog sparks health emergency

 



Name *

E-mail *

Comment Title*

Comment *

: Characters Left

Mandatory *

Terms of use

Publishing Terms: Not to offend the author, or to persons or sanctities or attacking religions or divine self. And stay away from sectarian and racial incitement and insults.

I agree with the Terms of Use

Security Code*

as smog sparks health emergency as smog sparks health emergency

 



Arab Today, arab today Modern colorful bedroom renovation

GMT 11:23 2017 Thursday ,21 December

Modern colorful bedroom renovation

GMT 11:49 2017 Thursday ,17 August

Egyptian artist presents new collection of designs

GMT 01:23 2016 Friday ,23 December

Tourism: New weekly flights from Germany

GMT 23:53 2017 Tuesday ,01 August

Boost to Saudi-Japan trade ties

GMT 14:47 2017 Thursday ,26 January

Singapore stocks close 0.39% higher

GMT 00:34 2016 Friday ,23 December

Funeral held for Russia's ambassador to Turkey

GMT 03:25 2017 Sunday ,05 November

National Geographic Food magazine to launch

GMT 12:26 2016 Saturday ,02 January

SCIFF achieved impressive success

GMT 14:08 2016 Wednesday ,10 February

India, UAE eye trade, security on crown prince's visit

GMT 11:17 2017 Tuesday ,07 February

Climate change may overload US electrical grid

GMT 14:07 2016 Saturday ,13 February

'Lazarus' Biggar primed for Scotland showdown

GMT 20:24 2016 Sunday ,02 October

Macedonian GDP up by 3.8% in 2015: data

GMT 09:45 2016 Wednesday ,28 December

Romanian President Rejects Left’s Premier Candidate
Arab Today, arab today
 
 Arab Today Facebook,arab today facebook  Arab Today Twitter,arab today twitter Arab Today Rss,arab today rss  Arab Today Youtube,arab today youtube  Arab Today Youtube,arab today youtube

Maintained and developed by Arabs Today Group SAL.
All rights reserved to Arab Today Media Group 2021 ©

Maintained and developed by Arabs Today Group SAL.
All rights reserved to Arab Today Media Group 2021 ©

arabstoday arabstoday arabstoday arabstoday
arabstoday arabstoday arabstoday
arabstoday
بناية النخيل - رأس النبع _ خلف السفارة الفرنسية _بيروت - لبنان
arabstoday, Arabstoday, Arabstoday