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Diwali Celebrations Amid Air Quality Concerns in New Delhi

Diwali celebrations in New Delhi have worsened the city’s already poor air quality, with the Air Quality Index (AQI) reaching “poor” at 219. PM2.5 levels soared to 20 times above the WHO’s recommended limit, causing health risks such as itchy eyes and throat irritation. Despite a ban on firecrackers, enforcement was weak, contributing to the city’s pollution.