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Delhi air quality back to 'severe'

Delhi air quality back to 'severe'”

Mamata Banerjee said pollution had gone up to such levels in Delhi that people have to wear masks even while eating and outdoors.

Low temperature and nearly no wind over the weekend resulted in very poor air quality and haze throughout the day on Sunday in Delhi-NCR.

The coach said there was pollution everywhere in India and it was the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) who had fixed the schedule.

Jain said that rainfall expected later this week would help bring down air pollution levels drastically. Pollution is considered severe plus or emergency when these readings are above 300 and 500 respectively.

According to data from CPCB's air lab, mixing height, which was 527 metres in the last week of November, has dropped to 309 while wind speed has come down from 2.1 metres/second to 1 metre/sec. The relative humidity recorded at 8:30 am was 89 per cent.

However, the fact that Delhi is the country's capital is something which not just worldwide sportsmen but the Indian authorities in both the local and national governments should be aware of to the extent of taking emergency measures to improve the deplorably poor Air Quality Index. The AQI was 390, on a scale of 500, around 3.30 p.m. It is classified as "very poor".

Yesterday's 24-hour average was 351. They it is not fair to expose them to such air quality. The rest was in the "very poor" zone.

Said The Guardian of London, "Delhi officials have often been accused of not preparing for what has become an annual crisis each winter, while the Indian government has played down the urgency and health risks associated with the problem".

As per the reports, poor air quality in Delhi forced players to leave the game because of vomit sensations.

An AQI between 0-50 is considered Good, 51-100 Satisfactory, 101-200 Moderate, 201-300 Poor, 301-400 Very Poor, and 401-500 Severe.

It said that the pollution in the city has already reached alarming levels yet the government was adopting a "lackadaisical" approach in dealing with the situation. However, there are phases, when such spikes are seen even during December and January, mostly due to rapid drop in temperature and high moisture content, factors that trap particulates near the surface.

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