Smoky haze returns Delhi: National capital registers 208 fire-related incidents on festive day
Delhi post Diwali: A day after the revelry of Diwali, a blanket of smoke and haze covered parts of the 'City of Cities’, Delhi.
Post-Diwali celebrations have left the pollution hanging in the air as smoky smog. Roads of the city have also been littered with remains of crackers, boxes of sweets, edibles, beverage bottles and other such waste.
Despite battling with deteriorating air quality, crackers craze among people on Diwali night counters rain relief and leads to heavy pollution all across the city
Delhi witnessed upward trend in pollution level as thick layer of smog engulfed the national capital post Diwali.
According to the reports, Delhi Fire Service registered 208 calls of fire-related incidents, 22 of them caused by firecrackers, on Diwali.
The major fire incident cases were reported from Delhi’s Sadar Bazar, East of Kailash and Tilak Nagar.
Meanwhile, in a horrific incident, massive fire broke out at a house in the East of Kailash area in South Delhi last night.
In another dreadful incident, fire engulfs odown in Deputy Ganj of Sadar Bazar in Central Delhi. Twenty-two fire tenders pressed into service took two hours to control over the blaze.
Despite a blanket ban on fireworks in the national capital owing to runaway pollution and worsening air quality, revellers across the city engaged in bursting firecrackers with abandon on Diwali night.
The AQI at many places peaked in the 'severe' category and continued to remain toxic for several days, but after Diwali, it is now very likely that the national capital will once again witness a rise in pollution levels, making it difficult for the people inside the city to breathe.
In some areas across Delhi, air quality index (AQI) reaches above 500, with some areas reaching above 900. The AQI at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium is of 910, Lajpat Nagar at 959 and Karol Bagh 779.
- With inputs from agencies