Lockdowns Considered in Delhi Due to Intense Smog

New Delhi, the capital city of India went for a full-weekend lockdown to tackle the deadly pollution. Delhi is ranked one of the world’s most polluted cities in the world and the lives of 20 million people are at great risk each winter.

Air pollution is one of the worst challenges for the government of India to deal with as it kills over a million of people each year. Schools closed and people asked to work from home during the lockdown period to protect the citizens from toxic smog.

Smokes from agricultural fires, vehicle emissions, industrial pollution, waste burning and construction work, have made Delhi a deadly city to live in.

Delhi Chief Minister, Arvind Kejriwal said that schools will be closed so that children don’t have to breathe polluted air. Delhi authorities also asked public and private workers to work from home.

Delhi has suffered pollution levels 20 times higher than the levels deemed healthy by the World Health Organization and thick brown smog settled over the city.

Hospitals were reporting a sharp rise in patients complaining of breathing difficulties, according to the Times of India, a local daily newspaper.

“We are getting 12-14 patients daily in the emergency, mostly at night, when the symptoms cause disturbed sleep and panic,” the paper quoted Dr. Suranjit Chatterjee from Apollo Hospitals, as saying.

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