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New Delhi under dangerous cloud of smog

Monday, November 07, 2016 - 01:16

New Delhi struggles with its worst pollution levels for nearly 20 years that health officials warn, are up to 30 times higher than safe limits. Mana Rabiee reports.

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The worst air pollution in New Delhi in nearly 20 years is aggravated by this... smoke from burning crop residue in surrounding states, a practice that's technically illegal. But traffic pollution is the main culprit.... plus fireworks from a recent festival, construction dust and cold weather over the last two weeks. All pushing polluting air particle levels to up to THIRTY times the safe levels set by the World Health Organization. Residents say they can't breathe and everyone's scrambling to buy face masks. But children are among the worst hit. One children's hospital reported cases of respiratory spasms, aggravated asthma, pneumonia and bronchitis. (SOUNDBITE) (Hindi) A SCHOOL CHILD, SAYING: "My eyes burn and I cough that's why my parents have asked me to wear masks as there's pollution." On Monday, a million school kids stayed home and up to one in ten employees in the area reported sick. Local officials are deciding whether to bring back a scheme to reduce traffic. Meanwhile, India's top court has agreed to hear a petition from an environmentalist to tell the government to take action.

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New Delhi under dangerous cloud of smog

Monday, November 07, 2016 - 01:16