As Delhi’s air quality drops to the severe level, historical buildings such as the Red Fort and Jama Masjid are enveloped in smog.
On Saturday, Delhi’s air quality deteriorated to the severe level. The AQI in the nation’s capital is 499.
Meanwhile, due to a drop in temperature and wind speeds on Friday, the federal pollution control board advised states and local governments to be “fully prepared” for emergency measures to tackle rising air conditions in New Delhi. A thick haze of toxic pollution hung above Delhi, exacerbated by an increase in crop waste burning in surrounding farmlands. Visibility was reduced, and the Air Quality Index (AQI) hit 470 out of 500, according to the pollution control board.