India closes schools amid smog

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Indian officials on Friday announced the closure of schools in Delhi due to extreme levels of air pollution.

The city’s air quality index crossed the “hazardous” threshold at above 470.

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal stated that Primary schools will be closed starting on Saturday, while older pupils’ outside activities would also be suspended.

The government decided to close the schools after a citywide uproar from Parents and environmentalists.

Delhi’s buildings are also covered in haze, causing inhabitants to experience symptoms including difficulty breathing and itchy eyes.

Bhupender Yadav, the Indian environment minister, charged that Delhi’s smog problem was the fault of the state of Punjab in the north. The Aam Aadmi Party, which is in opposition to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party, is in charge of Punjab.

Yadav thinks the primary contributor to the high pollution is the Punjab regional government’s refusal to prevent crop residue burning in the adjacent state.

Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann defended himself by saying that his government took office only six months ago.

According to Indian media reports, the Government is considering taking serious steps to protect inhabitants.

To reduce pollution in the area, authorities are also employing water sprinklers and anti-smog weapons.

The federal government has issued a warning that Delhi’s “severe” air quality is likely to last until Saturday.

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