The toxic smog cover continued to hover over Delhi on Thursday morning. By Wednesday evening, the air quality was in the ‘severe plus’, or emergency, category. Flight and train operations were affected as Delhiites complained of breathing problems.
Delhiites complain of headaches, burning eyes, breathing discomfort, runny noses and a depressive mood. Due to severe smog conditions sports enthusiasts in Ludhiana find it difficult to play in the early morning hours.
The worsening air quality in Delhi has left the expats in a dilemma about whether to continue living in the national capital or leave for their respective countries. Emily Bild, a professional from the UK, says her family which also has two toddlers has been acclimatising in Delhi, but is in a dilemma whether to leave or stay here. “We have three air purifiers in the house. We have also installed an air quality monitor in the house now and my two-year-old son and three-year-old daughter are moving around with masks.”But if the air quality continues to remain the same, I don’t think we have an option other than going back,” she added.
A psychology student at Delhi University, said, “I am not moving out and just staying indoors. I am feeling nauseating as I step out but I cannot leave my course midway so have to somehow deal with the situation.”