Hazardous air quality levels were recorded in areas of Delhi, India, on November 5, the day after Diwali, despite a ban on the use of firecrackers during celebrations of the holiday, the Hindustan Times reported.
Speaking to local media, a representative of the India Meteorological Department said, “Overall air quality is in ‘severe’ category today after bursting of firecrackers on Diwali and presence of bio-mass pollutants in Delhi.”
Officials had forecast air quality levels to reach a “severe” level if firecrackers were widely used on the holiday, the Hindustan Times said. Some residents “complained of itchy throat and watery eyes,” the report said.
Severe air quality was also recorded in neighboring cities, including, Faridabad, Ghaziabad, Gurgaon, and Noida, NDTV reported.
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