Pollution in New Delhi reached a "severe" level on November 8 after crackers broke out in the night to mark Deepavali. The US Embassy was quoted by Reuters, saying that PM 2.5 levels, toxic particles in the air, had climbed to 689 in central Delhi, posing a serious health risk.
A level of 50 or less is considered safe. Last month, the Supreme Court authorized the use of "green" firecrackers for the festival, but only for two hours in the evening. But no "green" fireworks were available for sale and countless fireworks were launched until Wednesday evening, despite the fact that no fireworks were available. prohibition. The smoke from the surrounding countryside added to the smog. Farmers were burning stubble in their fields to prepare for the winter sowing. For a second year, the chief minister of Delhi compared the city to a "gas chamber".