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Indian capital declares health emergency

Schools were shut down and construction work halted as air pollution prompted authorities in New Delhi to declare a public health emergency yesterday.
A thick haze has hung over the Indian capital this week caused by plumes of toxic smoke from farm fires raging in neighbouring states.
An index measuring the level of a deadly air pollutant hit 484 on a scale of 500 yesterday.
"Government knew an emergency situation was approaching and did not take substantive steps on stubble burning or big industrial polluting sources," said Sunil Dahiya, of Greenpeace.
The Environment Pollution Control Authority banned all construction until November 5, while Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal offered free masks and ordered schools shut until the same date.
The toxic air has left several Bangladeshi cricket players with sore throats and itchy eyes as they prepare for tomorrow's Twenty20 match against India.
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