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Toxic Smog Suffocates Delhi; Residents Asked To Stay Indoors, Schools Shut

Toxic Smog
The Health Ministry on Wednesday issued an advisory, urging residents to use carpooling and public transport, stay indoors, and to not smoke. (Image courtesy: Google)

The toxic smog engulfed the National Capital Region (NCR) and its suburbs for the second straight day on Wednesday (November 8).

With the air pollution level deteriorating in the national capital region, the Union Health Ministry on Wednesday issued an advisory, urging people to stay indoors and avoid morning walks.

A Supreme Court-mandated pollution monitoring body has declared an air pollution emergency in the national capital.

Meanwhile, the Aam Aadmi Party government will soon take a decision on whether to bring back the odd-even scheme to regulate vehicles on the road.

The Health Ministry advisory urged NCR residents to “remain indoors if you have breathing difficulty and try to keep children indoors as much as possible.”

It also said, “Avoid morning walk and any other strenuous outdoor activity that increases breathing rate.”

It suggested people to drink plenty of water and fluids and minimize the use of deodorants and room sprays as much as possible.

“Avoid smoking, avoid the areas with smoke or heavy dust. If one has any heart ailments or chronic respiratory disease or asthma, they should continue medication as advised by physician,” said the advisory.

Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal called Delhi – the world’s most polluted capital – a “gas chamber”. His government has ordered schools in the city to shut till Sunday.

Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal has announced the restrictions on movement of trucks except those carrying essential commodities.

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