Toxic smog shuts Delhi schools

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Indian schoolchildren cover their faces as they walk to school amid heavy smog in New Delhi. AFP

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Delhi’s government yesterday ordered schools shut for the rest of the week as air pollution worsened and criticism mounted over the failure of Indian authorities to tackle the public health crisis. Thick smog swathed Delhi, where pollution readings in some places peaked at 500, the most severe level on the government’s air quality index. “The air quality in Delhi is deteriorating. We cannot compromise with the health of children at this stage,” said Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia, ordering the closure until Sunday. The Delhi administration described the city as a “gas chamber”.

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