Some doctors and residents urged New Delhi authorities to shut schools and cancel outdoor sporting events in the Indian capital as air pollution remained at the most severe level for the second day running on Wednesday.
Presence of clouds and a hazy morning, prompted many in the capital to believe that Delhi was shrouded with smog, but weather scientists said the level of the tiny PM 2.5 particles had actually fallen.
According to System of Air Quality Weather Forecasting and Research (SAFAR) of the Union ministry of earth sciences, the Air quality index (AQI) remained above '400' on Wednesday.he effects can be more pronounced on those already vulnerable children and older adults, or those with respiratory problems
The air quality of national capital took a hit after Diwali night due to a combination of firecracker emissions, stubble burning and unfavourable meteorological conditions. According to the Air Quality Index (AQI) data and System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting and Research (SAFAR), major pollutants in Delhi's Lodhi Road area were PM 2.5 at 500 (severe) and PM 10 at 379 (very poor). Pollution levels have been oscillating between the lower end and the higher end of the 'very poor' category. The higher value of AQI indicates greater level of air pollution and health concern. Delhi residents have complained of a spike in respiratory problems and allergies. The stubble burning in Punjab and Haryana makes the situation in Delhi more worse. To curb air pollution, the Arvind Kejriwal led-government in Delhi has announced the implementation of the Odd-Even scheme from November 4-November 15.
The overall air quality of Delhi has improved as level of 24 hour averaged value of lead pollutant (PM2.5) recorded below 250 ug/m3 in the wee hours of Wednesday, that is defined as 'very poor', as forecasted by SAFAR.
The air in the national capital turned hazardous as Delhi's air quality index (AQI) sharply deteriorated on Wednesday afternoon, three days after Diwali due to lack of wind speed that trapped pollutants turning the skyline hue into an apocalytic gas chamber.
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