New Delhi, Nov 8 2018.
Delhi and NCR woke up to a cold morning with the city completely immersed in a gas chamber- the familiar cover of deadly smog. Its description is fast running out of adjectives – starting from serious, hazardous and finally ’emergency’ like situation. Several areas of Delhi – Anand Vihar, ITO and Jahangirpuri- recorded hopeless pollution levels.
Minimum temperature – 10.5 degrees C , three points below season’s average
Maximum temperature – 27.8 degrees C slightly below season’s average.
Relative humidity at 86 per cent.
A day earlier, the air quality index value was 277. Today at 1000 hours the AQI recorded was 350 as per the Central Pollutuon Control Board.
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Thick haze enveloped Delhi-NCR as the air quality today morning became ‘hazardous’ – Anand Vihar and areas around Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium recorded 999 AQI and Chanakyapuri 45.
Appearances of thick layers of smog blankets settled everywhere over Delhi-NCR marked the unfettered festival fireworks on the diwali day. People remained unmindful of such a serious health risk revealing their lack of concern about the toxic air – either through ignorance or apathy. However, doctors in Delhi-NCR continue to report an increase in cases with respiratory problems.
Smoke from the surrounding countryside, where farmers at this time of the year generally burn the stubble in their fields to prepare for winter sowing has been adding to the smog. More cool winds and gentle air trap pollution and exacerbate the problem. Moisture also effects dispersion of the pollutants. The deterioration in air quality has increased as the smoke from firecrackers mixed with mist and fog in the early hours did not allow easy dispersion of the pollutants.
The pollution indices representing the concentration of tiny poisonous particulate matter which can be carried deep into the lungs indicate that prolonged exposure could lead to respiratory illnesses.
Earlier, the Supreme Court allowed the use of “green” firecrackers for Diwali, but only for two hours in the evening. However, since there were no “green” fireworks available for sale, revelers let off countless fireworks long into the night. The Supreme Court order on fireworks was, thus, not followed.
Despite court orders, people across the city indulged in bursting firecrackers, although less compared to previous years, which led the air turn to ‘very poor’ again. Violations of the Supreme Court order were reported from many areas raising questions on the efficacy of the administration in enforcing the apex court’s ban.
During the day, maximum temperature is likely to hover around 28 degrees C, with haze over the sky likely to be visible.