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Delhi smog: AQI still in 'severe' category

By Chennabasaveshwar
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    The Air Quality Index (AQI) of Delhi's prominent areas hovered in the 'Hazardous' category on Saturday morning. The AQI level of Mandir Marg stood at 326, Anand Vihar at 430, Siri Fort at 316, Dwarka at 327 and Shadipur at 331 in the index.

    Delhi smog: AQI still in 'severe' category. PTI file photo

    In Vikas Sadan Gurugram AQI level was at 330 'Hazardous' and in Sector 16A Faridabad at 204 'Very Unhealthy', reported ANI.

    As per latest data provided by Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) Cities across North India continue to be 'severe' on air quality index. Varanasi was at the top of the list at 491, Gurugram at 480, Delhi at 468, Lucknow at 462 and Kanpur at 461, reported ANI.

    During the first half, 64 trains were delayed, 14 were rescheduled and two others cancelled due to smog/fog conditions in Delhi.

    The Indian Meteorological Department had predicted easier breathing on Saturday as the air quality in Delhi was expected to set to improve.

    An air quality index (AQI) is a number used by government agencies to communicate to the public how polluted the air currently is or how polluted it is forecast to become. As the AQI increases, an increasingly large percentage of the population is likely to experience increasingly severe adverse health effects.

    AQI 201-300 means air is 'Heavily Polluted' and above 300 means 'Severely Polluted'.

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