New Delhi suffers from a rare summer air pollution alert

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Pollution seems to be a persistent year-round problem in New Delhi

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Even in peak summers, air pollution levels are almost as bad as they are in winter

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Air quality on 13th May in New Delhi was in the “very poor” category

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Dust storms from neighbouring states, stubble burning in parts of Punjab and Haryana, and forest fires in Uttarakhand took smog to hazardous levels

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PM2.5 levels have touched 500 in many parts of Delhi including Rohini, Anand Vihar and Bawana between May 1-10, 2019

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PM2.5 was between 300-400 in other areas like ITO, Dwarka, Ashok Vihar and Lodhi Road

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The data was collected by Delhi-based environmental communications initiative, from the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB)

As per the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), it can be dangerous to breathe in too much smog

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Smog contains a pollutant called ozone, and elevated ozone levels can have a variety of negative effects on your lungs

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Anyone who engages in outdoor activity from jogging to manual labour is prone to smog-related health hazards

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After a meeting held by the task force on the graded response action plan (GRAP) on May 8, it recommended that agencies intensify efforts to control dust from various sources…

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...such as construction and demolition sites, handling of construction material waste, roads, stone crushers, and ready mix concrete plants

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The task force also advised public to minimise prolonged exposure to high air pollution levels outdoor

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