smog in the capital New Delhi India, reached “dangerous” levels on Thursday (March 11). This is because smoke from thousands of land fires in northern India has combined with other pollutants to create a toxic gray silhouette that blankets the megacity.
This is what the news agency reports AFPAccording to monitoring company IQAir, the level of the most dangerous particles – PM2.5, which are so small that they can enter the bloodstream – was 588 per cubic meter as of Thursday morning local time.
This value is almost 40 times the daily maximum recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO). IQAir classified the overall pollution as “hazardous.”
“This is absolutely the worst time to be traveling in Delhi. People cannot wake up refreshed in the face of this pollution,” 42-year-old police officer Hem Raj told AFP.
“The body feels tired and sluggish in the morning. Eyes are always watery and throat itches after spending hours on the streets of Delhi,” he said.
“I have been here for a long time and the situation is getting worse. We spend 8 to 10 hours on the road.” New Delhi every day and it is difficult because pollution affects everyone,” said Brij Lal (54), another police officer.
“But we can't do much in this situation because the police have to be on the streets,” he added.
Every winter, cooler air, smoke from farmers burning hay and emissions from vehicles and other sources create a deadly smog that reduces visibility in the city of 20 million.
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