After pollution reached an alarming stage in and around Delhi and a deadly smog choked the adjoining states, Ghaziabad District Magistrate Ritu Maheshwari on Thursday ordered the closure of all government and private schools up to Class 8 till November 12.
Earlier, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) has predicted dense fog in the morning hours throughout Punjab, Haryana, Chandigarh, Delhi, North Rajasthan and a few places in West Uttar Pradesh.
Since past few days, Delhiites have been waking up to dense smog and haze with many complaining of burning eyes and sore nose and throat.
This also prompted Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal to order the closure of schools on Wednesday.
"Outdoor activities including assemblies should not take place in schools," Education Minister Manish Sisodia said.
Smog leads to spike in sale of masks
Companies like Xiaomi, Eureka Forbes, Blue Air, Panasonic India, Honeywell and Sharp said they have witnessed multi-fold jump in demand for air purifiers in the last couple of days.
Doctors declare pollution emergency
Delhi Metro announces extra trips
The deadly smog has grasped the national capital and Delhiites are forced to breath poison which is causing serious health problems.