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Smog-hit New Delhi extends school shutdown

Authorities in India’s smog-ridden capital have extended an emergency schools closure by a week, with no signs of improvement in the megacity’s choking levels of pollution. New Delhi is blanketed in acrid smog every autumn, primarily blamed on stubble burning by farmers in the neighbouring agrarian states. The city of nearly 30 million residents is regularly ranked as one of the most polluted on the planet, with its annual smog blamed for hundreds of thousands of premature deaths each year. “As pollution levels continue to remain high, primary schools in Delhi will stay closed till 10th November,” Delhi state’s education minister Atishi posted on X, formerly Twitter. Secondary schools “are being given the option of shifting to online classes”, added Atishi, who uses only one name, after days of high pollution levels. Delhi state annually imposes restrictions on construction activities and orders some vehicles off roads when pollution reaches severe levels. New Delhi is set to host a cricket World Cup match on Monday between Sri Lanka and Bangladesh. But both teams cancelled their scheduled pre-match training sessions in recent days over health risks from the smog. Severe smog levels are expected to persist in the city for several more weeks. Levels of the most dangerous PM2.5 particles – so tiny they can enter the bloodstream – reached 570 micrograms per cubic metre on Sunday, according to IQAir, nearly 40 times the daily maximum recommended by the World Health Organization. A Lancet study in 2020 attributed 1.67 million deaths to air pollution in India during the previous year, including almost 17,500 in New Delhi.

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  • Grace Njeri

    20 w

    The government must implement laws and policies to reduce smog emission witnessed.

    • George Kariuki

      30 w

      The government must also do more to raise public awareness of the health risks of air pollution and encourage people to take steps to protect themselves.


        30 w

        This really needs government intervention ... It's very concerning

        • winnie nguru

          30 w

          Deeply concerning.. I feel for the children who are so young to even understand exactly what is going on

          • Jane Wangui

            30 w

            @winnie_nguru the kids must be scared and confused on what is going on.They need to feel secure and safe.

          • Abraham Jok Atem

            30 w

            This is so unfortunate. Our kids don't deserve to be away from school

            • Rotich Kim

              30 w

              The close of the school is so unfortunately for the young generation yet the government has not lie down the recovering plant for studies

              • Gorffly mokua

                30 w

                The prolonged closure of schools in smog-hit New Delhi reflects the severity of the air pollution crisis gripping the city. An urgent action is needed.

                • rosebellendiritu

                  30 w

                  It's shocking that normalcy has not returned in India,very clear that it will leave a trail of destruction especially in health

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