Delhi smog: Trains delayed as air pollution level hits new high

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The EEA's recent research revealed most people living in Europe's cities are still exposed to air pollution levels deemed harmful by the World Health Organisation (WHO).

There is dense smog and pollution in the city from past one month.

So far, 49 trains have been delayed, 14 have been rescheduled and one cancelled due to pollution.

The menace also forced authorities to take emergency measures such as banning construction activities and brick kilns in the National Capital Region. The schools were shut down, children and older people were told to stay indoors.

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The Air Quality Index (AQI) in the Delhi National Capital Region (NCR) keeping on to remain in the "very poor category" on Saturday. The rain, is also expected to lessen the smog.

According to sources, the rains caused Particulate Matter 2.5 particles to drop down to 152 and Particulate Matter 10 to drop down to 240.

The early morning drizzle comes a day after Gurgaon saw rainfall. The Tribunal though, directed Delhi and neighbouring states to prepare an action plan within two weeks to control air pollution and prepare for times when the pollution levels rise above very poor levels.

The published Air Quality Index allows the European Union citizens to monitor air quality in real time, as the Commission's Joint Research Centre that maps the origins of fine particulate matter, such as dust, smoke, soot, pollen and soil particles, in the Air Quality Atlas.

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