In­dian fire­fight­ers bat­tle air pol­lu­tion in New Delhi

The Myanmar Times - Weekend - - World -

IN­DIAN au­thor­i­ties have or­dered fire­fight­ers in the cap­i­tal to sprin­kle wa­ter from high-rise build­ings to set­tle dust and stop garbage fires and have banned con­struc­tion ac­tiv­ity amid haz­ardous air qual­ity af­fect­ing mil­lions of peo­ple.

New Delhi recorded one of the high­est pol­lu­tion lev­els of the year on Sun­day with the air qual­ity in­dex, mea­sur­ing sul­fur diox­ide, car­bon monox­ide and ni­tro­gen diox­ide, touch­ing 450.

The air started im­prov­ing Wed­nes­day with an in­crease in wind speed. How­ever, the level of PM 2.5, tiny par­tic­u­late mat­ter that can dan­ger­ously clog lungs, ex­ceeded 320 on Thurs­day, more than 13 times be­yond what the World Health Or­ga­ni­za­tion con­sid­ers safe.

A gov­ern­ment ad­vi­sory asked peo­ple to avoid jog­ging and use masks.

In­dia’s air pol­lu­tion comes mostly from diesel fuel-burn­ing ve­hi­cles, coal­fired power plants and crop burn­ing.

– AP

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