Delhi has been facing the wrath of pollution for a whole week now. With visibility down to only 400 metres, the smog blanket all over the city weighs heavy. Bursting of firecrackers, stubble burning in neighbouring states, dust from construction activities and vehicular traffic are some the reasons attributed to the sudden spike.
Indian Medical Association (IMA) president K K Aggarwal on Monday called on Delhiites to stay indoors while adding that the particulate matter 10 (pm) and 2.5 has crossed 600 which is hazardous for the people.
How low is the visibility? Here’s how some of the famous monuments of Delhi looked like after the smog blanket and how they usually appear when the air is more breathable.
The smog situation during the day is expected to remain poor, the weather office added.
Levels of particulate matter – PM 2.5 and PM 10 – breached the maximum level of 500 across the national capital post Diwali.
The Centre is on Monday convening an emergency meeting of Environment Ministers of Punjab, Haryana, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh to tackle the alarming level of pollution in Delhi.
Met officials have blamed low wind speeds, high humidity and low temperature for this smog. The wind speeds in the range of 1.5 metres per second to 0.3 metres per second are much lower than what is usually seen this time of the year. To add to this, the humidity levels are also unusually high with the peaks touching 95 per cent daily.