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World Mothers-to-be fear for their unborn in smog-choked Delhi

17:27  08 november  2019
17:27  08 november  2019 Source:   msn.com

Indian capital Delhi gasps under choking smog

  Indian capital Delhi gasps under choking smog India's capital New Delhi was enveloped in heavy, toxic smog Sunday -- the worst levels in recent years -- with flights diverted or delayed as politicians blamed each other for failing to tackle the crisis. Visibility was so poor major carriers Air India and Vistara said Sunday flights were being delayed or diverted to and from Delhi's airports.Every winter, the megacity of 20 million people is blanketed by a poisonous smog of car fumes, industrial emissions and smoke from stubble burning at farms in neighbouring states.

Like Gokavi, other anxious mothers - to - be listened to tips and tricks on coping with the smog that is so bad that Delhi 's chief minister recently likened the city to a Another study, in 2017, suggested that tiny particles can enter the foetal side of the placenta and disrupt the development of the unborn baby.

Heavily pregnant Rachel Gokavi spends most days shut away in her New Delhi home, desperate to shield her unborn child from the toxic air blamed for soaring miscarriage rates and infant deaths. At a recent pre-natal class in the Indian capital

Heavily pregnant Rachel Gokavi spends most days shut away in her New Delhi home, desperate to shield her unborn child from the toxic air blamed for soaring miscarriage rates and infant deaths.

5 million masks distributed as 'toxic' smog descends on Delhi during Diwali

  5 million masks distributed as 'toxic' smog descends on Delhi during Diwali Authorities have distributed 5 million smog masks and closed all schools as air quality deteriorates in India's capital.Arvind Kejriwal, the chief minister of Delhi, also announced that all schools would be closed in the city until Nov. 5.

Like Gokavi, other anxious mothers - to - be listened to tips and tricks on coping with the smog that is so bad that Delhi 's chief minister recently likened the city to a "gas But even before they are born, smog is as bad as smoking when it comes to miscarriages, another study released in the journal Nature

Delhi locals are no strangers to high levels of pollution, and many simply went about their lives as as usual. Dense smog hung over central Delhi , where many pedestrians and bikers were seen wearing face masks. Authorities have declared a public health emergency, warning of a spike in locals

At a recent pre-natal class in the Indian capital, Gokavi and other expectant mothers shared their feelings of helplessness and anger at having to breathe poisonous air day in and out.

"I always keep the balcony door closed and don't go out as much. I fear there could be breathing issues when the baby is born," Gokavi, 26, told AFP.

Like Gokavi, other anxious mothers-to-be listened to tips and tricks on coping with the smog that is so bad that Delhi's chief minister recently likened the city to a "gas chamber".

"Don't go out for morning walks. Try and go in the afternoon when the sun is out," was all the instructor could advise the women, who listened intently with furrowed brows.

Flights diverted as pollution chokes New Delhi

  Flights diverted as pollution chokes New Delhi Flights to and from New Delhi's international airport were delayed and diverted as pollution reached "unbearable" levels in the Indian capital on Sunday.Visibility was so poor that 37 flights -- including at least one international journey -- were diverted from the city's Indira Gandhi International Airport, a senior airport official told CNN.

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The Indian capital Delhi has been exposed to weeks of choking smog . The air pollution crisis is increasing pressure on the government to act. Delhi smog . Send Facebook Twitter google+ Whatsapp Tumblr linkedin stumble Digg reddit Newsvine.

With no respite from the pollution in sight, doctors too have little choice but just to recommend face masks and expensive air purifiers at home -- if they can afford them, which many cannot.

India is home to 14 of the world's 15 most polluted cities, according to the World Health Organization.

Every winter smoke from farmers' fires combine with industrial and vehicle emissions to turn towns and cities across northern India into smog-blanketed hellholes.

This toxic cocktail cuts short the lives of one million people in India every year, according to government research published in June.

The same report blamed air pollution for killing more than 100,000 under-fives every year.

Doctors say kids breathe the noxious air twice as fast as adults because of their smaller lungs, causing respiratory problems and even impairing brain development.

There is evidence to suggest that adolescents exposed to higher levels of air pollution are more likely to experience mental health problems, UNICEF said this week.

New Delhi's toxic, polluted air chokes city's 20 million people, and the haze can be seen from space

  New Delhi's toxic, polluted air chokes city's 20 million people, and the haze can be seen from space Toxic air is choking New Delhi, closing schools and colleges, forcing cars off the road and prohibiting planes from landing at the airport. The pollution is so bad that it can be seen from space.The 20 million residents of New Delhi, one of the world’s most polluted cities, have suffered for weeks under a toxic haze that's up to 10 times worse than the upper limits of what's considered healthy.© Manish Swarup, AP In this Sunday, Nov. 3, 2019, photo, vehicles wait for a signal at a crossing as the city enveloped in smog in New Delhi, India.

Residents were warned to avoid leaving their homes as smog enveloped streets and landmarks on Tuesday, sparking road, rail and airport delays and renewed calls for Indian state and federal governments to act. The Delhi chief minister, Arvind Kejriwal

NEW DELHI — For days, many in Delhi have been living as if under siege, trying to keep the dirty air away from their children and older parents. But it is not easy: Open a window or a door, and the haze enters the room within seconds.

- As bad as smoking -

But even before they are born, smog is as bad as smoking when it comes to miscarriages, another study released in the journal Nature Sustainability last month indicated.

The research done in Beijing -- another capital that has for years battled filthy air -- linked high levels of pollution and an increased risk of "silent miscarriage" in the first trimester.

This happens when a foetus hasn't formed or has died but the placenta and embryonic tissue remain.

Another study, in 2017, suggested that tiny particles can enter the foetal side of the placenta and disrupt the development of the unborn baby.

- Miscarriages, premature babies -

At Delhi's Sitaram Bhartia hospital, excruciatingly tiny babies weighing as little as a kilogramme (2.2 pounds) breathe oxygen through plastic tubes as machines monitor their vital signs.

Rinku Sengupta, an obstetrician at the busy neonatal unit, says that rates of such underweight babies as well as premature births are rising in cities with high levels of pollution.

"We are very worried because we know that the pollutants cannot only affect the lungs of mothers but these can even reach the placenta and affect the placental function," she told AFP.

"It is difficult to prove a direct cause-effect relationship. But there is enough evidence now to say that there is a direct link and we need to sit up and think what we can do about it," she said.

"It is an emergency situation."

Arti Bhatia, 35, is now the proud mother of a lively six-month-old daughter, Ayesha.

But her journey to motherhood was filled with the pain of miscarriages, and she wonders whether pollution was to blame.

"I had my baby after three years of trying and in those three years I lost a few pregnancies," Bhatia told AFP.

"The first time I lost (a pregnancy) I thought maybe it was bad luck, maybe it was not meant to be or something. But subsequently it was like 'is it because of the air we breathe'?"

India’s losing battle against pollution: Delhi air quality reaches toxic levels, again .
The Indian capital just recorded its worst overall air quality in three years.NEW DELHI —A thick, gray pall of smog settled over India’s capital in recent days, prompting the government to ban millions of private vehicles from the streets on Monday, a day after the city recorded its worst air quality in three years.

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