Pollution in Delhi after Diwali: This is what the ‘smog enveloped’ national capital looks like today morning
Delhi's pollution levels have predictably reaching alarming levels after the Diwali 2016 celebrations on Sunday night. Delhiites woke up to see a city enveloped in smog, with air quality plunging to the 'severe' category. Smoke caused by fireworks, as part of Diwali festivities, has blanketed the national capital, leading to risks for people's respiratory systems.
People have been advised not to go outdoors when air quality turns 'severe'. Such poor air quality is said to have an adverse effect especially on elders and children, and those having heart or lung diseases. Click through to know what Delhi looks like this morning:
In pic: A man rides a scooter on a road enveloped by smoke and smog, on the morning following Diwali in New Delhi. (AP Photo)
The Centre's System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting and Research (SAFAR) recorded the level of respirable pollutants, PM 2.5 and PM 10, at 283 and 517 micrograms per cubic metre respectively around 8 PM on Sunday, violating the safe limits by multiple times.
In pic: Traffic moves on a road enveloped by smoke and smog, on the morning following Diwali in New Delhi. (AP Photo)
The prescribed standards of PM 2.5 and PM 10 are 60 and 100 respectively, and anything beyond that can harm the respiratory system as the ultra fine particulates can embed deep into the lungs and also enter the bloodstream.
In pic: A man covers his face with a scarf as he rides in front of the landmark India Gate, enveloped by smoke and smog, on the morning following Diwali in New Delhi. (AP Photo)
SAFAR's monitoring stations at Pusa Road, Mathura Road, Dhirpur, Delhi University, Pitampura as well as neighbouring Noida had air quality in the 'severe' zone. It had forecast that the city's air will be severely polluted on October 30 and 31.
In pic: A street vendor pushes his cart on a road enveloped by smoke and smog, on the morning following Diwali in New Delhi. (AP Photo)
The Central Pollution Control Board's (CPCB) monitoring stations, in areas like R K Puram, Anand Vihar, Mandir Marg and Shadipur, had similar 'severe' readings as well.
In pic: A crow sits on the railing of an overpass enveloped by smoke and smog, on the morning following Diwali in New Delhi. (AP Photo)
Delhi Pollution Control Committee's (DPCC) real-time readings were also indicative of the increasing levels of pollution with the rise in the numbers of crackers going off.
In pic: People walk to work as Delhi traffic police officers manage an intersection enveloped by smoke and smog, on the morning following Diwali in New Delhi. (AP Photo)
Pollution peaks in the national capital during Diwali as a hazardous mix of noxious gases and respirable pollutants hang very close to the surface due to low temperature and near-stagnant wind movement.
In pic: A Delhi traffic policeman talks to a bus driver at an intersection amidst smoke and smog, on the morning following Diwali in New Delhi. (AP Photo)
Smoke emanating from farm fires raging across agricultural fields of neighbouring Punjab and Haryana worsens the situation.
In pic: A cyclist rides on a road enveloped by smoke and smog, on the morning following Diwali in New Delhi. (AP Photo) --- Text inputs from PTI
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