A thick blanket of smog has settled over the Delhi-NCR region in the past week that has reduced visibility considerably and produced a burning sensation in the eyes.
The reason for the degradation of air quality and the smog blanket have been attributed to the combination of smoke from crop burning by farmers in the neighbouring states of Haryana and Punjab, fireworks on Diwali and vehicle emissions in the area.
According to the System of Air Quality Weather Forecasting and Research (SAFAR), the air quality index in Delhi on Wednesday touched the 500 mark.
The PM (particulate matter) 10 levels reached a massive 999, more than 10 times higher than the safe limit, reported The Indian Express.
And for the first time ever, more than 1,800 public primary schools in India's capital were shut on Saturday to protect children from exposure to dangerous levels of air pollution.
Being a Noida resident myself, here's a view from my balcony at 1pm IST on Saturday (5th November).
And over the past week, residents of Delhi, Noida, and Gurugram have taken to social media and shared photos of increased levels of smog and the low visibility.
So put on your gas masks and get ready to go on a toxic, blurry and teary-eyed ride.
— Tarun Kumar (@TK_Scribbler) October 31, 2016
— Shivnath Thukral (@shivithukral) October 31, 2016
Sky shot - You give Him, sky gives back to you!! Unprecedented Smog in Delhi... Pls say no to crackers! pic.twitter.com/ekazkGNl7G
— DCP North Delhi (@DCP_North_Delhi) November 2, 2016
We also seem to have lost the qutub minor, which should be here.
And some socks. pic.twitter.com/YDbqUpb28M
— π (@pi_alize) November 2, 2016
— Ananya Bhattacharya (@ananya116) November 2, 2016
— Neha Gupta (@nehagupta2918) November 2, 2016
Kalkaji, as viewed from 15th floor of a building in Nehru Place, New Delhi.
Pic 1: Aug 22, '16
Pic 2: Today
— Rajesh Advani (@advanirajesh) November 3, 2016
Don't just blame firecrackers for smog in delhi , constant toxic fire and smoke from garbage mountain from Ghazipur dump in east delhi pic.twitter.com/lFXBg9Vb9v
— ❅ Keep Smiling (@upma23) November 2, 2016
Wtf delhi??? I don't want to step out of the plane now. pic.twitter.com/z5YSZlmyrr
— Manu Chandra 🍴 (@chefchandra) November 2, 2016
— Manas Fuloria (@mfuloria) November 2, 2016
View from my sister-in-law's house in Noida - 16th Floor pic.twitter.com/UEJI5QP6OQ
— Madhu Menon (@madmanweb) November 2, 2016
— vijaita singh (@vijaita) November 2, 2016
— Anupam Kher (@AnupamPkher) November 5, 2016
— Sanjiv Kapoor (@TheSanjivKapoor) November 2, 2016
— Giles Gibson (@Giles_wion) November 2, 2016
— All India Radio News (@airnewsalerts) November 5, 2016
— DP SATISH (@dp_satish) November 2, 2016
— Sudhir Chaudhary (@sudhirchaudhary) November 5, 2016
Traveling to Delhi by train- distressed to see burning of Agri waste in fields en route:( the resulting pall of smog in Connaught Place pic.twitter.com/tXCe3tkoHq
— Meera Sanyal (@meerasanyal) November 5, 2016
Luckily enough, some users didn't lose their humour in the smog.
— Gabbbar (@GabbbarSingh) November 2, 2016
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