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The Indian government has declared a health emergency in New Delhi

The Indian government has declared a health emergency in New Delhi because of too much smog. It had five million respiratory masks distributed.

Because of the catastrophic air quality in the Indian capital New Delhi, the government had five million breathing masks distributed. The Times of India reported that the health emergency was declared for the 20 million metropolis. Schools will remain closed until 5 November. Construction sites are also closed and certain industrial plants are shut down.

In recent years Delhi has experienced smog crises time and again. When winter begins in northern India, damp fog often occurs, which in combination with other particles quickly transforms into a smog bell. Kejriwal explained that one cause of the poisonous smog was the burning of harvested rice fields in the surrounding states. Other causes are car exhaust fumes, factory emissions, dust from construction sites and fire from rubbish dumps.

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