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Smog Shrouds Delhi As India's Capital Succumbs To Dangerous Levels Of Pollution
New Delhi's dense smog is so bad that United Airlines has stopped flying there(CCSS Level: Grade 9, Words: 419)
Nov 13, 2017 World News
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While the skies were unusually clear above often-polluted Beijing on Tuesday, the air quality in the capital of another Asian Superpower has plummeted.

India's capital Delhi has been shrouded by heavy smog in recent days. The U.S. embassy in the city, which routinely tweets air pollution levels, recorded the air quality index (AQI) to be at 1,010 at 4 p.m local time on Wednesday. According to the embassy's website, a score of between 301 and 500 is deemed "hazardous." Some parts of New Delhi have pollution 40 times the World Health Organisation recommended safe level.

Citing toxic smog that one official said has turned India's capital city into a "gas chamber," United Airlines has canceled flights to New Delhi until the air gets better.

At least in United's eyes, the Indian capital's smog concerns are on par with environmental disasters like hurricanes and volcanoes - a risk to be avoided. The company said it was letting passengers switch flights without charge or helping them find seats on other carriers. It was unclear if other airlines would follow suit. Virgin Atlantic, KLM and Etihad Airlines all compete for business to New Delhi, according to CNN Money. An advisory on United's website said travel to New Delhi was suspended through at least Tuesday.

"United has temporarily suspended our Newark-Delhi flights due to poor air quality concerns in Delhi and currently has waiver policies in place for customers who are traveling to, from or through Delhi," the company said in an email. "We are monitoring advisories as the region remains under a public health emergency, and are coordinating with respective government agencies."

New Delhi's air quality is consistently ranked among the world's worst. But a perfect storm of problems is making the problem much worse than usual. Farmers who've recently harvested crops in neighbouring states are illegally burning their fields, sending smoke into the air. Construction projects and pollution from vehicles in a city that lacks adequate public transportation are all making things worse.

More than 6,000 schools have been ordered to close, and only trucks carrying essential supplies are allowed into the city. Construction projects have been halted. and the nation was considering a plan to spray water over its capital to combat the toxic smog. People with enough means hid indoors with expensive air purifiers, indoor plants and closed windows. But doctors say it won't be enough to prevent some deaths in the city of nearly 19 million people. Children are the most vulnerable to smog at these levels.

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