Schools ordered shut in smog-bound Delhi


NEW DELHI: Schools in the Indian capital will be closed for the next three days, Delhi state government said Sunday, as the city struggles with one of the worst spells of air pollution in recent years.

“Emergency measures are needed to solve this problem together,” state chief minister Arvind Kejriwal said.

“All construction and demolition in the city will be banned for next five days. All schools will be closed for the next three days in Delhi,” he added.

Thick smog has blanketed the capital for days, with local and central authorities meeting to resolve the crisis.

The reading for pollutants in the atmosphere breached the 1,000 microgram mark for the first time in one neighborhood in south Delhi — 10 times the World Health Organisation’s recommended level — earlier this week.



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