Thick blanket of smog envelopes Northern India; claims 10 lives in Punjab
Pollution levels have breached the permissible standards by multiple times in Delhi and several part of north India including Haryana and Punjab .
A thick blanket of smog enveloped North India including the national capital. Delhi today woke up to ‘severe’ air quality due to blanket of thick haze.
The rapid fall in air quality and visibility began last evening as moisture combined with pollutants shrouded the city in a thick cover of haze.
The Central Pollution Control Board, CPCB, by 10 am, recorded ‘severe’ air quality, meaning the intensity of pollution was extreme.
Board’s air lab chief Dipankar Saha said, high moisture level in the air has trapped emission from local sources and hanging low over the city in the absence of wind.
A ‘severe’ Air Quality Index comes with the warning that air affects healthy people and seriously impacts those with existing respiratory or cardiovascular diseases.
The CPCB also recorded ‘severe’ air quality in the neighbouring Noida and Ghaziabad.
10 Killed as Punjab Roadways bus collides with truck in Punjab
Ten people died and several others were injured as a Punjab Roadways bus collided with a truck near Kari Kalan village in Ferozepur district on Tuesday.
The accident took place in the morning as the visibility was poor because of the smog.
Most of the passengers in the bus were government employees and were going to Jalalabad for work.
The Punjab Roadways bus was on its way from Ferozepur, some 250 km from here, to Fazilka town.
The injured alleged that the authorities did not reach on time to rescue and take the victims to hospital.
Alarming Pollution: Kejriwal for closure of schools
Expressing concern over increasing level of pollution in Delhi, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Tuesday asked Education Minister Manish Sisodia to close schools for a few days.
‘Considering high level of pollution, I have requested Manish Sisodia, Education Minister, to consider closing schools for a few days,” Mr Kejriwal tweeted.