søndag 14. november 2021

Schools in New Delhi to close for a week amid severe air pollution crisis

Schools in India's capital Delhi -- often ranked as one of the world's most polluted capitals -- will be physically closed for a week from Monday as severe air pollution blankets the city, the chief minister of the National Capital Territory of Delhi, Arvind Kejriwal, said Saturday. "Virtual classes will continue so that children don't have to come out and breathe polluted air," Kejriwal said at a press briefing after holding an emergency meeting to address the pollution crisis.

Kejriwal also said that Delhi's government offices will operate under a work from home policy for a week and private offices have been advised to do the same where possible. Construction activities in the city will be prohibited between November 14 and 17, he said.
Thick smog has hung over Delhi for days, made worse by "adverse meteorological conditions that restrict pollution dispersion and regional contributions including stubble burning" by farmers, according to India's Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB).