Due to heavy smog over the Indian capital New Delhi, the schools there are closed from Friday until further notice.
New Delhi – Due to heavy smog over the Indian capital New Delhi, the schools there are closed from Friday until further notice. The country’s highest court announced this on Thursday. Schools were recently closed due to heavy air pollution, but then reopened after a slight improvement. The court asked the government to do something about the problem. The India chief of the aid organization Safe the Children said: “It is appalling that the pollution is so bad that children cannot go to school.” Because of Corona, the schools had already been closed for a good two years.
The fine dust pollution in and around Delhi is currently many times higher than the limit values of the World Health Organization (WHO), which are regarded as acceptable. According to official figures, it was the worst November air pollution in six years.
The air quality in the mega-metropolis is among the worst in the world, especially in winter. Farmers in the surrounding states then burn leftover crops in order to be able to grow them again quickly and cheaply. This is actually forbidden, but the ban is rarely enforced. In addition, there are exhaust gases from many cars, industry, dust from construction sites and waste incineration.
Many people in the capital do not see air pollution as a major problem. Better-off people buy air purifiers to keep the air in their houses clean. (dpa)
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