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Delhi's Air Quality Deteriorates Post Diwali

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Delhi and the surrounding areas remained under the cover of toxic smog  on late Thursday and early Friday as people continued to burst  firecrackers despite a ban on it by the state government.

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Continuing its upward trend, the city’s air quality index, which stood  at 382 at 4 pm, entered the severe zone at around 8 pm on Thursday as  low temperature and wind speed allowed the accumulation of pollutants.

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The neighbouring cities of Faridabad (424), Ghaziabad (442), Gurgaon  (423) and Noida (431) also recorded “severe” air quality with cracker  bursting peaking after 9 pm, according to news agency PTI.

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The System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting And Research (SAFAR)  expects the air quality to stay in the “severe” category today as well.

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According to data from the Central Pollution Control Board, almost all  monitoring stations across the national capital recorded AQI levels  above 450.

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On October 27, the Delhi government had launched the ‘Patakhe Nahi Diye  Jalao’ campaign to create awareness against the bursting of crackers.

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Environment Minister Gopal Rai on Friday said that Delhi’s air quality  had deteriorated due to a surge in farm fires and some people bursting  firecrackers on purpose on Diwali despite a ban on it.

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