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Smog blankets Pakistan, India, causing accidents, illness

Smog has enveloped much of Pakistan and India, causing highway accidents and respiratory problems.

Published: 05th November 2017 01:22 PM  |   Last Updated: 05th November 2017 01:28 PM   |  A+A-

A Delhi traffic policeman talks to a bus driver at an intersection amidst smoke and smog, on the morning following Diwali festival in New Delhi, India, Monday, Oct. 31, 2016. (File | Associated Press)

By Associated Press

ISLAMABAD: Smog has enveloped much of Pakistan and India, causing highway accidents and respiratory problems.

Pakistani meteorologist Mohammad Hanif said Sunday that the pollution, caused by the burning of crops and emissions from factories and brick kilns in Pakistan and neighboring India, is expected to linger until the middle of the month.

Some private schools in the Indian capital, New Delhi, have suspended sports and outdoor activities.

India's Supreme Court banned the sale of firecrackers in New Delhi ahead of last month's Hindu Diwali festival to try to curb air pollution in the notoriously smoggy city. Though reports said air quality was better than last year, pollution levels in the capital hit 18 times the healthy limit a night after the festival as many dodged the ban


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