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Severe air pollution is choking Kabul

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KABUL: Health staff at government and private hospitals has rung alarm bells over air pollution in Kabul, saying patients with respiratory illnesses are increasing by the day as the winter season begins.

The air in Kabul becomes toxic every year because of the smoke from domestic heaters burning coal, wood and any other waste that can be burned, from household rubbish to car tyres. A recent economic crash and the ensuing poverty have added to the dilemma as more people now can’t afford to pay for coal and are forced to burn rubbish.

Doctors have expressed worries that pollution-related diseases are growing.

In a measure to control the ever-increasing pollution in Kabul, Officials of the municipality have urged all residents to cooperate with authorities.

“This is our responsibility, and we will continue our efforts, so, we ask people to kindly cooperate with us,’ said Hamdullah Nomani, deputy Mayor of Kabul.

Afghanistan, one of the world’s poorest countries, remains a relatively modest polluter.
Al Jazeera reported that Kabul is often ranked in the top 10 worst cities for pollution globally.

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