DELHI AIR BAD FOR HEALTH AF­TER DI­WALI

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NEW DELHI — Pol­lu­tion in the In­dian cap­i­tal, New Delhi, rose to a “se­vere” level yes­ter­day af­ter rev­ellers let off fire­works long into the night to mark the Hindu fes­ti­val of Di­wali.

Two fed­eral gov­ern­ment pol­lu­tion in­dices showed air at “very poor” and “se­vere” lev­els, in­di­cat­ing that pro­longed ex­po­sure could lead to res­pi­ra­tory ill­nesses. The in­dices count tiny poi­sonous par­ti­cles that can be car­ried deep into the lungs.

In cen­tral Delhi the count soared to 689, in­di­cat­ing emer­gency con­di­tions, pos­ing se­ri­ous health risks.

A level of 50 or less is con­sid­ered safe.

Au­thor­i­ties have been re­luc­tant to ban fire­works to avoid of­fend­ing mem­bers of the Hindu com­mu­nity dur­ing Di­wali, one of their big­gest fes­ti­vals. — Reuters.

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