14 Nov '17, 8am

'Don't panic' says Indian minister as smog crisis deepens

'Don't panic' says Indian minister as smog crisis deepens

India's environment minister has said the country's filthy air is no cause for alarm, claiming only "routine precautions" were needed to cope with what doctors have called a public health emergency. Harsh Vardhan contrasted the pollution choking large swathes of north India, including the capital, with the 1984 gas leak in Bhopal that killed at least 25,000 people and remains the world's worst industrial disaster. Bhopal, he argued was "an emergency situation where you have to panic and you have to see what you have to do," he said in an interview published on the CNN-18 news channel website on Tuesday. But on the current smog crisis he said: "I'm not saying we shouldn't do anything about it, everyone has to respond to what he is supposed to do. But there is no need to spread panic among the people." Vardhan said "routine precautions" were all that were needed to cope with...

Full article: https://sg.news.yahoo.com/dont-panic-says-indian-minister...

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