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Dense smog continues in Delhi for fourth day, leaving people gasping for breath


An Indian commuter wears a masks amid heavy smog in New Delhi on November 9, 2017. Rickshaw driver Sanjay can only afford a handkerchief to shield his face as he weaves through the smog-filled streets of Delhi amid a rush on protection against the toxic menace. Better off residents of the global pollution black spot are swarming sellers of face masks -- that cost more than the 300 rupees ($5) that Sanjay earns in a day -- and high-tech air purifiers that could easily cost a year of his wage. / AFP PHOTO / DOMINIQUE FAGET / TO GO WITH India-pollution-health,FOCUS by Nick Perry

New Delhi: Dense smog continued to hung over Delhi and the National Capital Region for the fourth day today, leaving people gasping for breath during the morning hours.

According to the MeT department, the visibility remained at 1,000 metres at 5.30 am, but it dropped to 400 metres at 8.30 am. The minimum temperature settled at 13 degrees Celsius, one notch below the season’s average. The humidity level recorded at 8.30 am was 93 per cent. The department said there was a possibility of light winds later in the day, which may clear the smog choking the region.

“The maximum temperature is expected to settle at 30 degrees Celsius,” an official said. A choking blanket of smog enveloped the national capital this week, prompting authorities to announce the Odd-Even policy from November 13 for five days, closure of schools till Sunday and a four-fold hike in parking fee for vehicles. The policy mandates private vehicles to ply on the basis of the last digit on their number plates – odd-numbered cars on odd dates and even-numbered cars on even dates.