Air pollution in New Delhi worsens as Indian capital celebrates Diwali festival with firecrackers

Air pollution in New Delhi hit 18 times the healthy limit

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TAIPEI (Taiwan News)-- The Indian Meteorological Department said Friday that after the celebrations of Diwali, the festival of lights in India, air pollution hit 18 times the healthy limit.

The air was covered in thick, toxic haze after a night of fireworks to celebrate the Hindu festival of Diwali despite the ban on crackers by the Indian Supreme Court.

According to reports from local media, residents of the Indian capital city complained of eyes watering and coughs while levels of PM 2.5 rose alarmingly.

Some local media also reported that the court order to ban the firecrackers was poorly enforced as they were still available for sail in remote areas of the city or neighboring states.

Although the pollution reached a hazardous level, scientists on the Indian government's Central Pollution Control Board said the situation was still better than last year.