Thick smog blankets Delhi post Diwali

Updated:1 month, 1 week ago IST

New Delhi, Nov 08 (ANI): As feared, Delhi has come to face the brunt of increased pollution levels post Diwali celebrations. Vision was limited to a few meters owing to thick blanket of smog across the national capital. The air quality has become toxic to a point where experts believe it to be twenty times more that the normal levels. Despite Supreme Court orders and various awareness drives, people resorted to burning of crackers beyond the stipulated time of 10 pm. The Environment Pollution (Prevention & Control) Authority had issued a notification predicting that air quality between November 1 and 10 will rise to ‘severe’ category. Experts believe this change has occurred because of the western disturbance that hit the Himalayan region in October, resulting in a dip in temperature and rise in the percentage of moisture in the air. The residents of Delhi and the National Capital Region (NCR) have been advised to avoid all outdoor activities, keep medicines handy in case of respiratory diseases and curb the use of private cars and two-wheelers.

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