Air Pollution levels touch 'very poor' in Delhi

Delhi wakes up to cold morning, very poor air quality; situation may ...

Sri Lankan players forced to wear face masks due to India's deadly smog

In one of the most unorthodox incidents happen in the world of cricket to take place during between India and Sri Lanka cricket match, play during on Day 2 of the third and final Test had to be unfit briefly after the visiting players, wearing pollution masks, complained about the air quality in Delhi. "Are people of Delhi supposed to bear this?" Children are also suffering.

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In all this noise it's worthwhile repeating what TOI had pointed out while publishing Harris's article back in 2015: "Many will feel Harris's account is exaggerated, but if this is how expats feel about the city's air, there is a clear risk of Delhi being regarded as a blackhole in Western capitals". It's not our problem if people don't want to stick to you.

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There were chaotic scenes as a couple of Sri Lankan fast bowlers walked off the field while quite a few of the mask-clad islanders, including captain Dinesh Chandimal and senior batsman Angelo Mathews, were unwilling to continue playing.Support staff from both teams walked on to the field at different times and took the opportunity to discuss the situation with the umpires. You should not have held the match if the air quality was so bad. The AQI was 390, on a scale of 500, around 3.30 p.m. However, it is menacingly close to the "severe" category. These pollution levels are serious in our country. Thereafter, weather models indicate light rains to occur by the evening of December 5 that will continue until December 6. The humidity levels oscillated between 39 and 94 per cent.

Saturday's minimum temperature was 7.4 degrees Celsius, two notches below the season's average while the maximum temperature was recorded at 26.4 degrees Celsius.

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