Toxic smog in New Delhi, India, after Diwali

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Effectively, concentrations of the tiny lung-clogging particulate matter known as PM2.5 were recorded above 900 micrograms per cubic meter in some parts of the city early Monday and the World Health Organization’s recommends a limit of 25 mcg per cubic meter over a 24-hour period. There are 16 millions habitants in the capital. Residents in the affected areas were asked to stay indoors and avoid physical activity if possible. In the Indian capital the air pollution is already ranked among the worst in the world.

The Delhi government last week announced plans to install air purifiers at major intersections. Previously other measures have been applied, as barring cargo trucks from entering the city and requiring drivers to buy newer cars that meet higher emissions standards. Diwali or Deepavali is celebrated every year in India, Fiji, Guyana, Pakistan, Malaysia, Mauritius, Myanmar, Nepal, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Suriname, and Trinidad-Tobago. It signifies the victory of light over darkness, good over evil, knowledge over ignorance, and hope over despair.

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