'Severe' Air Pollution Smothers New Delhi Area

A heavy layer of air pollution in the New Delhi area limited visibility and created dangerous breathing conditions on November 12, according to official reports.

India’s Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) reported Air Quality Index (AQI) values as high as 471 out of a maximum of 500 on Friday afternoon in the country’s capital.

The Delhi area had the worst air quality of any major city in the world on Friday, according to the monitoring company IQAir.

Particulate matter in the greater Delhi area has remained at elevated levels since the Diwali holiday earlier in November, when many people light fireworks. Authorities have also cited agricultural burning and weather trends to explain the current hazardous conditions, according to local reports.

This footage, taken southwest of New Delhi in Gurugram, shows hazy conditions in the area. According to the CPCB, AQI in the city was measured at 448 on Friday, only slightly better than Delhi but still considered “severe.” Credit: Rahul Neel Mani via Storyful

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