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India, New Delhi. Smog suffocates in India. “The ban on using firecrackers has been disregarded”

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Air quality standards in New Delhi, the capital of India, are significantly exceeded for the second day in a row. This is due to the launch of firecrackers and fireworks during the Hindu festival of light Diwali, as well as massive field burning in nearby states.

Saturday is another day when New Delhi residents struggle with airborne smog. The air quality index (AQI) was 456 on a 0-500 scale.

– The situation worsened after Diwali. We have seen the ban on firecrackers disregarded. In addition, there is an increasing burning of stubble in the states of Hariana and Punjab. According to SAFAR (Air Quality and Weather Forecasting System), nearly 36 percent of the pollution comes from burnout. The situation, not only in New Delhi, but throughout northern India is becoming extremely serious, said Vimlendu Jha, a local conservationist.

Firecrackers were released on Thursday night during the Diwali festival. “The Taj Mahal is not clearly visible, previously it could be seen from a distance, but now, through firecrackers, not anymore,” said Kevin Samuel, a tourist.


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The range 401-500 is the worst quality air that can cause serious health problems in people with respiratory diseases. But it also affects healthy people. Such a high concentration of PM2.5 may cause cardiovascular and respiratory diseases such as lung cancer.

AQI provides information on the overall level of air pollution based on the concentration of harmful dusts such as PM10 and PM2.5 as well as ozone, sulfur dioxide, nitrogen dioxide, carbon monoxide, lead and ammonia.

SAFAR experts predict that the situation in New Delhi will improve late Sunday, but the AQI index will remain in the “very bad” category.

Main photo source: PAP / EPA / RAJAT GUPTA

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