DELHI AIR BAD FOR HEALTH AFTER DIWALI
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.