NEW DELHI : Thick cloud of smog and pollution is hanging over the Delhi NCR area and parts of Uttar Pradesh on the Monday morning after the celebration of Diwali. The level of pollution is on alarming state after the bursting of large volume of crackers last night of Diwali.
Data from the central pollution monitoring agency ( SAFAR) showed that concentrations of Particulate Matter or PM 10 (coarser pollutants) was over 1,600 micrograms per cubic metre compared to a safe level of 100 at around 2 am in Delhi’s Anand Vihar. PM 2.5, a standard measure of air quality, was as much as 14 times the safe limit.
These particles can cause respiratory diseases if one is subjected to prolonged exposure to unsafe levels. Seven areas in the national capital region featured among the 10 most polluted places in the country, while Kanpur and Lucknow in Uttar Pradesh also recorded severe pollution.
The SAFAR (System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting And Research) has advised people to avoid going out for a walk or physical activities when air quality is rated “severe” like this morning. People with heart or lung diseases, older adults, and children are advised to remain indoors and keep activity levels low.