NEW DELHI (AFP) – Smog in New Delhi hit “hazardous” levels on Thursday as smoke from thousands of crop fires in northern India combined with other pollutants to create a noxious grey cocktail enveloping the megacity.
Levels of the most dangerous particles – PM2.5, so tiny they can enter the bloodstream – were 588 per cubic metre early on Thursday morning, according to monitoring firm IQAir. That is almost 40 times the daily maximum recommended by the World Health Organization. IQAir rated overall pollution levels as “hazardous”.
More details on Friday’s Borneo Bulletin