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Toxic haze over Delhi as air quality plummets to very poor category

A blanket of toxic haze shrouded the national capital region on Wednesday, as air quality in Delhi and the adjoining areas plunged to very poor levels, affecting visibility and causing inconvenience to residents. The Delhi government attributed the dip in the air quality to rampant stubble burning in neighbouring states, a regular feature in October-November. The period between October 15 and November 15 is considered critical as maximum number of stubble burning incidents take place in this span in Punjab and adjoining states and is one of the main reasons for alarming spike in pollution in Delhi-NCR. Air quality in Delhi has been good or moderate for the last 7-8 months, but they (pollution levels) have starkly gone up now... Clearly, the sudden spike in pollution is a result of smoke coming from outside, a Delhi government statement said. A NASA satellite imagery late Wednesday evening showed a large number of fire spots due to stubble burning in Haryana, Punjab and western ...


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