Delhi wakes up to extremely poor air quality a day after Diwali

  • Despite having a ban on the use and sale of firecrackers, the national capital of Delhi woke up to 'severely poor' air quality levels a day after the festival of Delhi.

  • Data from the Delhi Pollution Control Committee (DPCC) showed that the pollution levels hit a high rise on Thursday night. At the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium station, PM2.5 levels increased from 389 µg/m3 at 8 pm Thursday to a high of 1,553 µg/m3 at 1 am on Friday. This is nearly 26 times the standard of 60 µg/m3 for PM2.5. It stood at around 1,164 µg/m3 at 6 am on Friday.

  • Visibility in Delhi dropped to 200m to 500m range on Friday morning, according to the Indian Meteorological Department.

  • The Air Quality Early Warning System for Delhi forecasts that the AQI will remain in the ‘severe’ category on Friday, with contribution from firecracker bursting, stubble burning and weather conditions having caused it to plunge.

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