Monday, 12 December 2016

Delhi a Wakeup Call for World on Air Pollution: UNICEF

The "record high" air pollution in New Delhi is a "Wake-Up-Call" for the world that unless decision taking action for reducing the air pollution, the smog in India's capital and its adverse impact on the daily lives of its citizens will become a commonplace phenomenon, the United Nations children's agency has said.
"With every breath, children in Delhi are suffering.

Delhi is a wake up call to the world on air pollution. It is a wake up call to all countries and cities where air pollution levels have resulted in death and illness amongst children. We all know that students exams of CBSE are coming. so This is The Major problem for our students also.
"It is a wake up a call that very clearly tells us: unless decisive actions are taken to reduce air pollution, the events we are witnessing in Delhi over the past week are likely to be increasingly common," UNICEF said in a statement.
Air pollution level hit record high in New Delhi in the past week following Diwali celebration.
The capital's smog, said to be its worst in 17 years, lead to the closure of the city's over 5,000 schools to minimise the risk for children to be exposed to the polluted air and resulted in an estimated 4.41 million children missing three days of school, the United Nations Children's Fund said.
According to estimates, air pollution levels hit 999 micrograms of particulate matter per cubic meter in some areas of the national capital, more than 15-16 times the limit considered safe.
The agency underscored that the alarming level of air pollution, which is major contributing factor to some of the most deadly diseases children face, is not just a challenge in Delhi but for many cities around the world.
Sounding an alarming note, the agency said almost a million children under-5 die from pneumonia per year and about half of those cases are directly linked with air pollution.
"Air pollution levels in other Indian cities, such as Varanasi and Lucknow, have been equally extreme in recent days. And over the past year, air pollution levels in London, Beijing, Mexico City, Los Angeles and Manila have exceeded international guidelines in some cases by considerable margin," it said.

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