Residents of the Indian capital, New Delhi, were surprised to find a thick and toxic layer of smog, prompting authorities to take necessary measures.
According to officials, the air quality level reached “severe” in several areas of New Delhi.
The city’s residents suffered from eye irritation and throat itching, with the air turning gray.
Monitoring stations revealed that the air quality in New Delhi reached 480, with the appropriate index ranging from 0 to 50.
The Air Quality Management Committee attributed the deteriorating air quality to “unfavorable weather conditions and a sudden increase in field fires, in addition to the northwestern winds that carry pollutants.”
This situation forced authorities to issue orders to close primary schools for two days, as well as suspend construction and building activities in the capital.