Around 1800 schools in New Delhi have been ordered to shut down as Delhi struggles with worst pollution in recent years.
The decision is reported to affect around 9 lakh students.
Delhi’s pollution monitoring agency showed in a data that concentrations of particulate matter of PM 10 was over 1200 micrograms per cubic meter this morning as compared to a safe level of 100. PM 2.5 is the standard measure of air quality.
These particles can cause respiratory diseases.
Yogendra Mann, spokesperson for the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) told,” it has been decided to keep the Municipal schools shut on Saturday because of smog in Delhi. The schools will operate as Normal from Monday.”
The crisis began after the celebration of Diwali last Sunday, when millions of firecrackers were set off, leaving the city full of smog.
UNICEF released a report on Monday which says, around 6 lakh children under the age of 5 years die every year from disease caused by outdoor or indoor air pollution.