Despite having celebrated cleanest ever Diwali, Delhi, this time around, is going through the worst phase of ambient air quality reflected in the air pollution which is at all-time high.
Pedestrian, joggers, cyclists are complaining difficulty in breathing, itchy throat and watery eyes in the aftermath of Diwali. As per the All India Institute of Medical Science (AIIMS), the number of patients with asthma and other respiratory allergies has dramatically increased by 15 per cent since Sunday night.
According to one of the senior doctors of the AIIMS, with the spike in air pollution in the city, people are flooding the health facility with symptoms of asthma and other respiratory ailments. Even healthy people are visiting the hospital with upper respiratory tract allergies and allergic coughing that refuses to heal. Hence, they have to treat it just like asthma.
The overall pollution level in the National Capital before and during the festival season, which culminated on Diwali, was found to be much better as compared to many previous years. But the day after Diwali, people started facing problems in breathing.
Watering eyes during this period is the most common complaint among the people living in Delhi NCR. So much so that many people are venturing out only when it's unavoidable. Most are avoiding morning walks and prefering Yoga instead at home due to pollution.