Delhi’s homeless to be given mask to protect against smog


New Delhi’s homeless will be given cotton masks to help them survive in the world’s most polluted major city, officials said Monday, although experts said the basic coverings would be useless against deadly smog particles. Each winter the capital of 20 million chokes through haze so extreme that levels of airborne pollutants eclipse safe limits by more than 30 times. The poor and homeless suffer the worst, through constant exposure to a toxic brew of car fumes, factory exhaust and construction dust. Measures to curb the smog — from reducing heavy goods traffic and firecrackers to banning farmers from using…

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