New Delhi choked by pollution: schools closed. What happens

The terrible layer of air pollution that has suffocated New Delhi for days has not abated and is actually increasing. In the Indian capital, half of civil servants were ordered to continue working from home. It was then announced that, thanks to an emergency measure, schools will be closed for the entire week. Recommendations are to try to stay indoors as much as possible. Authorities have advised those who simply cannot avoid leaving their homes to wear a mask to protect themselves as much as possible from pollution, the level of which is considered seriously harmful to health.

Traditionally at this time, gases typical of the city, one of the most polluted in the world, join the smoke coming from the surrounding countryside, where farmers set fire to crop residue. Every year in New Delhi, thousands of people die prematurely from illnesses linked to exposure to polluted air. In the Indian capital, the air quality index (AQI) has now exceeded the limit of 400 for fine dust, a level considered “severe” and more than 10 times the global safety limit.

Source: IL Tempo