The CPCB data showed that the PM10 (particles with a diameter less than 10mm) level was beyond "severe" at 778 in Delhi-NCR area and 824 in Delhi particularly, leading to hazy conditions and limiting visibility. Even in lush green areas like Lodhi Road and Rajpath, air quality was recorded poorly on Thursday morning. Where in RK Puram the PM10 level was recorded 999, while in Mandir Marg it was 770, and 347 was recorded in Dwarka.
After hitting "hazardous" levels in November past year, the pollution in Delhi is once again on the rise due to dust storms in the western parts of the country. Reports suggest that the ongoing conditions are likely to last till Friday and the cause of this deterioration has been dust storms in Rajasthan, said the Environment Ministry.
The PM (particulate matter) 2.5 pollution level, which measures particles with diameters that are less than or equal to 2.5 microns in size, is yet to breach the pollution levels it had crossed in winters a year ago.
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The Central Pollution Control Board has ordered the State agencies to dissolve water from the local bodies and construction-related agencies continuously to prevent dust from flying. It advised people to not stay outside for long hours and use filter masks to prevent irritation.
Residents of India's capital Delhi are battling high pollution levels and extreme temperatures due to an unusual dust haze covering the city.
This dusty weather has been attributed to the prevalence of dust rising winds from Rajasthan and Pakistan region.
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According to Indian Meteorological Department (IMD), the current surface winds in Delhi are in the range of 5-6 m/sec and wind direction is West to South West, which is likely to continue over the next three days.
"There could be discomfort or breathing difficulties due to the pollution", Sudhakar said. 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. The Environment Ministry too has requested the Delhi chief secretary to issue instructions to the agencies concerned.
A thick layer of dust has settled over the Delhi and National Capital Region (NCR).
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