Delhi's polluted air akin to death sentence, say doctors

Published on 5 Nov 2018, 22:30
A child who is born in Delhi is taking in gulps of bad air which is equivalent to smoking 20 to 25 cigarettes on the first day of his life. Smog kills more than one million Indians every year and Delhi has the worst air of any major city on the planet, the WHO says. As cooler air traps pollutants close to the ground, Delhi's levels of PM 2.5 -- particles so tiny they can enter the lungs and bloodstream -- often soar to beyond 30 times the safe limit. One of the worst times is around the festival of Diwali as smoke from millions of crackers set off by festive revellers mingles with car exhaust, factory emissions, construction dust and smoke from crop fires.

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