With the capital blanketed in hazardous levels of pollution post Diwali, the Delhi government finally kicked in the action plan to tackle bad air quality.
Arvind Kejriwal, the Delhi Chief Minister, tweeted about distributing over 50 lakh N95 masks to Delhiites struggling to breathe.
Delhi has turned into a gas chamber due to smoke from crop burning in neighbouring states— Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) November 1, 2019
It is very imp that we protect ourselves from this toxic air. Through pvt & govt schools, we have started distributing 50 lakh masks today
I urge all Delhiites to use them whenever needed pic.twitter.com/MYwRz9euaq
The distribution drive first targets students of both government and private schools in the capital.
Arvind Kejriwal, Chief Minister Delhi“The Delhi government will distribute at least 50 lakh masks free of cost to the students of both government-run and private schools in Delhi from November 1. The government will distribute 50 lakh free N95 anti-pollution masks to nearly 16 lakh students and each student will be given two masks”.
The N95 masks are recommended for daily wear in current conditions as they cover the nose and mouth and filter up to 95% of the pollutants.
Kejriwal was seen distributing these masks on Friday, 1 November.
The Current Air Quality levels have also pushed the government to urge schools to cut down on outdoor sports events and and even possibly consider shutting down schools temporarily.
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