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Monday Mayhem: With Air Quality Index at 999, Delhi most polluted city on earth; Beijing was a pleasant 30

Measurements Taken At The US Embassy In Delhi Put The City's Air Quality Index At 999 On Monday, Way Above The Hazardous Level Of 500.

News Nation Bureau | Edited By : Gautam Lalotra | Updated on: 07 Nov 2016, 04:07:36 PM
Delhi under the grip of toxic smog - File Photo

New Delhi:

India's capital New Delhi is under the grip of a dense smog cover which has created havoc among the citizens in the national capital teritory over the past one week. The city has been ingulfed with toxic air which has reported to be fatal by global health organisations.

As per a report in CNN, measurements taken at the US Embassy in Delhi put the city's Air Quality Index at 999 on Monday, off the standard chart, which finishes at the "hazardous" level of 500. By comparison, the highest AQI level recorded Monday in Baoding, China's most polluted city was 298.

The city has been choking on all fronts, be it traffic jams owing to poor visibility or rising lung disorders due to the poor air quality.  The air quality is so bad that as per reports Delhi is the most polluted city in the world at present.

The dense smog cover is choking under off-the-charts smog, with some parts of the city reporting levels almost five times those considered "unhealthy" by the US environmental protection agency.

Beijing was a pleasant 30, while India's next most polluted city, coal and industry-heavy Chandrapur, recorded levels of 824, according to the World Air Quality Index.

Research released earlier this year found that air quality levels exceed World Health Organizations guidelines for 80% of those living in urban areas around the world.

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First Published : 07 Nov 2016, 03:03:00 PM