Delhi smog worsens on Day 2

Delhi smog worsens on Day 2

As the national capital was covered with thick and dangerous haze of pollutants for the second consecutive day making people sick, the Delhi government ordered the schools to remain shut till Sunday.

With air pollution reaching an alarming level, there is a surge in the number of patients with respiratory troubles at hospitals. Doctors hinted rising number of deaths in Delhi due to the dangerous air pollution.

"Patients have started coming to the outpatient department with complaints of breathlessness, coughing, sneezing, tightness in chest, allergy and asthma complications. There is about 20% rise in patients seeking treatment due to respiratory and cardiac issues," said Randeep Guleria, the director of AIIMS.

In Fortis Flt Lt Rajan Dhall hospital, there is a 25% increase in the number of patients visiting the OPD with respiratory troubles. More and more people started wearing masks, even though the efficacy of these protecting gears remains questionable. The air quality was the season's worst as a combined effect of smoke from stubble burning in adjoining states, construction dust and moisture turned the city into a gas chamber.

For the second day, operations at the Delhi airport were hampered and there were delays of up to two hours. Airport sources said at times only one runway was operable as visibility dropped in the afternoon.

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