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Delhi Diary: Air Pollution Reaches Apocalyptic Levels


Last update: 13/11/2017

By Shakir Husain

Shakir Husain, Bernama´s correspondent in New Delhi shares his take from the Indian sub-continent.

NEW DELHI (Bernama) -- It is that time of the year again when Delhi's air pollution problem is talked about in apocalyptic terms. It's early winter and the city was engulfed in a smog last week.

Many, including Delhi's Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, have described the city as a "gas chamber". Even on its clearest summer days, the Indian capital enjoys the dubious reputation as one of the world's most polluted cities.

In winter, the situation gets worse with much higher levels of polluted air and bad visibility, resulting in a spike in health problems related to the lungs, heart and brain.

Poor visibility leads to a sharp rise in road accidents and travel becomes a hassle with sudden cancellations of train services and flights.

These are especially difficult times for children and old people. Last week authorities ordered closure of schools when the air pollution level was deemed unsafe.....