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New Delhi and Lahore have become one of the most polluted cities in the world. And the latest smog scare is proof. At first it was thought that the festival of Diwali and the numerous firecrackers set off were the cause but now new information is coming in that points to something else as the cause, crop burning.
The neighboring states of Haryana and Punjab have burnt crops that have added to the pollution in the world’s most polluted cities. 32 million tonnes of straw were burnt in Punjab and the neighboring parts of Pakistan. Even though authorities have suggested alternate methods like using seeders and subsidizing the equipment but farms still find it unfeasible.
— Anand Katakam (@anandkatakam) November 3, 2016
At the time of the writing, the pollution level in New Delhi was 943 AQI PM2.5. The 2.5 refers to the size of the particulate matter at 2.5 micrometers. These particles can get lodged in the lungs and cause respiratory diseases. And sure enough New Delhi/Lahore’s hospitals have seen an increase in patients for breathing problems in the past few days.
Photos released from NASA show the extent of the problem and bring to mind the state of affairs in Beijing.
Smog blankets New Delhi – air pollution in the Indian capital has reached "severe" levels this week pic.twitter.com/HHXlxg1Ypg
— AFP news agency (@AFP) November 2, 2016
— Prasanto K Roy (@prasanto) November 3, 2016
The public is even signing petitions to ask the government to curb this extreme situation. The government is instituting vacuum cleaning and sprinkling water on arterial roads. They will also be constituting teams to decrease dust from construction sites and control emission at 75 cremation grounds.
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