The Indian capital’s air quality levels have plunged to “very poor” and a smoggy haze has settled over the city, days after the state government initiated stricter measures to fight air pollution.
The Air Quality Index (AQI) in New Delhi rose past 270 on Friday, according to SAFAR, India’s main environment monitoring agency, after agricultural fires in neighbouring states sent smoke billowing across the city.
On Thursday, the AQI level had crossed 300, indicating “very poor” conditions that pose a risk of respiratory problems.
The World Health Organization deems anything above 25 as unsafe.
Since October 1, New Delhi’s average AQI was more than 36 percent higher than the figures for the same period a year ago, according to the data compiled by the Reuters news agency.The Indian capital, one of the world’s most polluted cities, enjoyed a respite from air pollution up until September in part due to to a coronavirus lockdown.The Indian capital, one of the world’s most polluted cities, enjoyed a respite from air pollution up until September in part due to to a coronavirus lockdown.