New Delhi, the popular and India’s sprawling capital region home to 18.9 million people, is once again home to the worst air pollution in the World. With the Hindu festival of lights and crackers, residents of New Delhi celebrated Diwali with lamps, firecrackers and bottle rockets that sent smoke and ash through the chronically congested metropolis.
India’s Supreme Court tried to get ahead of the commotion with a ban of most types of fireworks, allowing only “green crackers” that produce limited noise and smoke, and only for a narrow time slot. But Delhiites were defiant, setting off all kinds of fireworks for hours.
These small particles generated from firecrackers penetrate deep into the lungs and can lead to multiple health problems ranging from asthma attacks, high blood pressure and even long-term cancer. In New Delhi this week, PM 2.5 was so dense that it was like smoking 20 cigarettes in a day.
News Source: NDTV