Not all over! Ex­perts say no re­lief for next 2 days

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DELHI'S air qual­ity is ex­pected to re­main in the se­vere cat­e­gory over the next two days as the smoke emit­ted by fire crack­ers has slowed down the process of pol­lu­tant dis­per­sion, a re­port by a gov­ern­men­trun agency said Thurs­day.In a gross vi­o­la­tion of a Supreme Court or­der, peo­ple in sev­eral cities burst fire­crack­ers un­til at least mid­night, two hours af­ter the 10 pm dead­line.

Loud bangs rent the air in New Delhi. Vi­o­la­tions were also recorded in Mum­bai, Kolkata, Jaipur and other ma­jor cities. Partly as a re­sult of smoke from crack­ers, the over­all air qual­ity in­dex (AQI) in Delhi jumped to 574 which falls in the se­vere-plus emer­gency cat­e­gory, ac­cord­ing to data by the Cen­tre-run SAFAR (Sys­tem of Air Qual­ity and Weather Fore­cast­ing And Re­search).

A se­vere plus emer­gency AQI essen­tially means that even healthy peo­ple may suf­fer from res­pi­ra­tory ill­nesses on pro­longed ex­po­sure. This air will se­ri­ously af­fect those with ail­ments, ac­cord­ing to the ad­vi­sory is­sued by SAFAR.

A new SAFAR re­port said the se­vere con­di­tions would pre­vail for the next two days. Even if 50 per cent of the to­tal load of toxic fire crack­ers as com­pared to Di­wali-2017 is added, the pre­vail­ing weather con­di­tions will ag­gra­vate the high smoke level and make air qual­ity to per­sist in SE­VERE range for at least 2 day (8-9 Nov 2018), the SAFAR said in its re­port. This sce­nario is likely to hold the lo­cally gen­er­ated crack­ers emis­sions within the NCT, slow­ing down the dis­per­sion, re­sult­ing in in­creased lev­els of PM2.5 and PM10 pol­lu­tion, it added.

The wide­spread burn­ing of fire­crack­ers in neigh­bour­ing states of Delhi is also adding to the pol­lu­tion woes of the na­tional cap­i­tal apart from stub­ble burn­ing, the agency said.

In the cur­rent sit­u­a­tion, even healthy peo­ple may suf­fer from res­pi­ra­tory ill­nesses.

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