Breathing in New Delhi’s deadly smog crisis is equivalent to smoking 44 cigarettes a day as the city remains under a ‘pollution siege’ for a fourth consecutive day.
Yet despite the national emergency, which has caused eerie, martian-like conditions, previously closed schools have reopened amid exam concerns, sparking outrage as vulnerable children battle breathlessness, chest pain and burning eyes.
Caused by a combination of low winds, exhaust fumes and farm fires, the city’s inhabitants are breathing in air reaching 1,000 on the US embassy air quality index, with anything more than just 25 being considered dangerous.
Particles circulating in the polluted air are small enough to lodge deep into people’s lungs where they can be passed to other organs and cause serious health problems, with children being most at risk.
Youngsters have been seen struggling to breathe on the way to school as the Indian Government is accused of ‘playing with children’s health’.