MUMBAI: Air quality in India’s capital New Delhi remained in the “severe” category for a third day on Saturday (Nov 7) due to increased stubble fires and vehicle emissions, the country’s main environment monitoring agency said. The Air Quality Index (AQI) in Delhi state stood at 441 on a scale of 500, indicating “severe” conditions that are hazardous, according to the federal pollution control board’s guidance. Delhi’s air pollution typically worsens in October and November due to farmers burning off stubble, and on coal-fired power plants in surrounding states and traffic fumes. The throat-burning smoke regularly turns the city of 20 million people into the world's most polluted at this time of the year. This year’s haze, however, comes as New Delhi battles a new surge in COVID-19 infections, and health experts fear that if the air quality continues to worsen, then people with chronic medical conditions could become more vulnerable. READ: India passes bleak landmark of 8 million COVID-19 infections The air quality has worsened due to the unusually high fire emissions, and no quick recovery is expected unless a drastic reduction in fire counts takes place, SAFAR, India’s main environment monitoring agency, said in its daily bulletin. “Air quality… Read full this story
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