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United Airlines suspends flights to New Delhi about the toxic air

The airline has temporarily suspended flights to New Delhi when poisonous smog enshrouds India’s capital city.

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As toxic smog enshrouds India’s capital, United Airlines has temporarily suspended all flights between Newark, N. J., and New Delhi through the weekend.

About the last week in New Delhi, the air quality has dropped to the worst level of the year, more than 75 times the World Health Organization of the safety with respect to breathing and health concerns.

A photo of New Delhi Streets, taken Nov. 8, 2017.

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A photo of New Delhi Streets, taken Nov. 10, 2017.

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The placing of an official announcement on their website, United said that the issue of waivers for customers who were planning to travel to, from, or through New Delhi between Nov. 9 and 13. The airline will continue to monitor the crisis and advises the public to watch for updates, a United airlines spokesman told the DNA of India.

A photo of New Delhi Streets, taken Nov. 10, 2017.

(AP Photo/Manish Swarup)

“We encourage customers who are traveling in the next few days to visit United.com or download our mobile app for the latest updates and developments,” the spokesman said.

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Officials have likened the city to the poor quality of the air, to smoking multiple packs of cigarettes per day, as the season of the cold air catches the pollutants on the ground floor and stop the dust in the air.

Due to the crisis in New Delhi, schools are temporarily closed, trucks are forbidden to carry out and industrial activity stopped.

“This is truly a health crisis,” said Anumita Roychowdhury, director of research and advocacy, New Delhi Centre for Science and Environment, adding that emergency hospital admissions have increased by 20 percent up to and including the last week if Indians are suffering from heart and lung complications.

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The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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