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Newsline: US embassy ‘concerned’ about Delhi air

The US embassy has put in place a slew of measures for its staff besides taking steps aimed at mitigating the health hazards for its nationals as Delhi struggled amid city’s worst pollution for nearly 17 years. Authorities have sealed the embassy building’s envelopes, put supplementary air filtration units and constructed vestibules to provide clean air in a bid to battle the pollution. “We are very concerned by the continuing poor air quality in New Delhi and its impact on the health of our community and the larger public,” US embassy spokesperson Joseph Kruzich told HT. Delhi’s worst smog in 17 years, which has pushed pollution, is making children wheeze, giving the otherwise healthy a chronic cough, and risking 17 million people to asthma, heart disease, stroke, and even cancer.



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