India: Delhi pollution level deteriorates to 'hazardous' category

The US embassy in New Delhi said its air pollution index breached the ‘hazardous’ level upper limit.

    New Delhi, India – A blanket of smog greeted residents of New Delhi on Monday as air quality deteriorated sharply overnight in India’s capital, triggering warnings that even healthy people were at risk of health problems.

    The air quality index, that measures PM 2.5 tiny particulate matter that reaches deep into the lungs, more than doubled within a few hours to 707 on Monday morning at Mandir Marg, the worst affected area in the city, pollution monitoring agency AQICN data revealed.

    This is double the mark of 300 that authorities deem as hazardous.

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