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Delhi under cloud of smog as PM 2.5 level hits 24 times of WHO's safe limit

Levels of PM 2.5, tiny particulate matter that can reach deep into the lungs and cause major health problems, were above 400 in most parts of the capital, and in some places soared above 600

Mayank Bhardwaj & Neha Dasgupta | Reuters  |  New Delhi 

Air quality in India's haze-hit north, including the capital, New Delhi, deteriorated sharply on Monday because of unfavourable weather and an increase in smoke from stubble burning in fields across the region. Levels of PM 2.5, tiny particulate matter that can reach deep into the lungs and cause major health problems, were above 400 in most parts of the capital, and in some places soared above 600. That is nearly 24 times a recommended level of 25 micrograms per cubic metre on average over a 24-hour period, set by the World Health Organization, which this year said India ...

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First Published: Mon, November 05 2018. 15:30 IST
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