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13 November 2017, 02:20 | Terri Saunders
The day-long average air quality index of the Central Pollution Control Board had a score of 478 on a scale of 500. Image Source IANS
Taking the cognizance, people in the national capital and its adjoining regions are wearing masks to protect themselves from the toxic air.
The CPCB's air quality index for Saturday (based on pollution levels till 5 pm) had a score of 403, as against Friday's 468. The levels of PM 2.5 and PM 10, which are ultrafine particulates, remained multiple times above the permissible limits, forcing people to breathe noxious air and triggering health complications.
Of the four satellite towns, Faridabad was marginally better with an AQI of 367, while Gurgaon (436), Noida (429) and Ghaziabad (486) fell in the "severe" category.
Smog at Rajpath area in New Delhi on Saturday morning.
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"United temporarily suspended Newark-Delhi flights due to poor air quality concerns in Delhi and now has waiver policies in place for customers who are travelling to, from or through Delhi", an airline said in a statement. The city's Air Quality Index has been in the range of 700 to 1,000, making it hard for people in the state to even breathe. "Calm surface winds blowing from north-northwest may result in the build-up of pollution levels until Monday morning", the Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology and the India Meteorological Department said in a statement on Sunday.
The situation will quickly improve, it said.
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