United Airlines Halts Flights to New Delhi on Poor Air Quality

United Airlines temporarily suspended Newark-New Delhi flights due to poor air quality in India’s capital, and said some extra charges will be waived for passengers forced to reschedule.

“We are monitoring advisories as the region remains under a public health emergency, and are coordinating with respective government agencies,” a United Airlines spokesperson said in response to a Bloomberg query. 

Other airlines were still flying to the national capital and it was not clear if they will follow United Airlines’ move to suspend flights.

Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, the leader of Delhi, called the capital a “gas chamber” as thick toxic smog continued to envelop the mega-city of around 20 million people on Sunday. The levels of the deadliest, tiny particulate matter — known as PM 2.5, which lodges deep in a person’s lungs — soared to 676 at 2 p.m. local time, according to a U.S. embassy monitor. World Health Organization guidelines suggest levels above 300 are “hazardous.”

Customers traveling over the next several days should visit the United Airlines website or download the company’s mobile application for updates, the spokesperson said.

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    Yemen’s cholera death toll rises to 1,500, says World Health Organisation

    War between Saudi-led coalition and Iran-aligned Houthi group makes Yemen a breeding ground for cholera

    The death toll from a major cholera outbreak in Yemen has risen to 1,500, Nevio Zagaria, the World Health Organisations representative in Yemen, said on Saturday, and appealed for more help to put an end to the epidemic.

    Yemen has been devastated by a 27-month war between a Saudi-led coalition and the Iran-aligned Houthi group, making it a breeding ground for the disease, which spreads by faeces getting into food or water and thrives in places with poor sanitation.

    Speaking at a joint news conference with representatives of the United Nations Children Fund and the World Bank, Zagaria said there had been 246,000 suspected cases up to 30 June.

    Although most of Yemens health infrastructure has broken down and health workers have not been paid for more than six months, the WHO is paying incentives to doctors, nurses, cleaners and paramedics to staff an emergency cholera network.

    With funding help from the World Bank, the WHO is setting up treatment centres with 50-60 beds each, overseen by shifts of about 14 staff working around the clock. The aim is to provide 5,000 beds.

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