Shocking Video: Smog Leads Ramming Of 18 Cars On Yamuna Expressway
**Delhi: ** The national capital and its adjoining suburbs were blanketed in a grey haze on Wednesday morning, dipping visibility to 300 meters at some places, causing a series of accidents on Yamuna Expressway.
18 speeding cars rammed into each other in the capital’s outskirts causing havoc on the Expressway. The zero visibility led to injuring some persons also who were descending down from the rammed cars only to be rammed again by speeding cars.
Moreover, around 30 trains coming to Delhi and 30 flights landing or taking off from the Delhi airport were delayed, according to officials.
The air quality in Delhi and adjoining Noida (Uttar Pradesh) and Gurgaon (Haryana) continued to be alarmingly bad on Wednesday.
Due to worsening air pollution, authorities closed schools on Wednesday and Thursday.
The situation prompted Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal to write on Twitter: “Delhi has become a gas chamber. Every year this happens during this part of the year. We have to find a solution to crop burning in adjoining states.”
The average air quality index was 477 and the level of dangerous PM2.5 particles was “severe” at 475 microgrammes per cubic metre — about 19 times more than permissible globally.
The permissible range for PM2.5 is 60 as per Indian standards and 25 globally.
The “severe” level has prompted an advisory from the Ministry of Earth Science, cautioning against outdoor activities.
“Give a miss to walk today. Stop any activity level if you experience any unusual coughing, chest discomfort, wheezing, breathing difficulty or fatigue and consult doctor. Masks known as N-95 or P-100 respirators may only help if you go out,” advised SAFAR-India, the ministry-run air quality and weather forecasting research centre.
All schools and colleges in Delhi will remain shut till Sunday due to alarming levels of pollution, Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia announced on Wednesday.