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Thick haze, smog persist in Delhi, AQI slips to hazardous

The thick blanket of smog and fog have shrouded the national capital after the country celebrated the festival of light- Diwali. According to the autonomous meteorological body set up under the Union Ministry of Earth Sciences, SAFAR, the overall Air Quality Index of Delhi at 8An AQI between 0-50 is considered good, 51-100 is satisfactory, 101-200 moderate, 201-300 poor, 301-400 very poor and 401-500 is marked as severe/hazardous.At Dhirpur, the AQI was 724 at 8:30 am, while in Mathura Road area it dipped to very poor category at 625. Furthermore, AQI near Pitampura, Airport, Terminal 3 and Delhi University stood at 679, 481 and 801 respectively. The haze and smog will continue to persist during the early morning and late evenings for the next couple of days.On Friday, the humidity level in Delhi was 1oo per cent with visibility 0.5 miles.According to a report published by a research group Urban Emissions, as much as 5 million kilograms of firecrackers were burnt in the region ...

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