As the air quality in Delhi-NCR continues to remain severe, several Delhiites took to Twitter to share before and after images of the city which show exactly how bad (and potentially dangerous) the current situation is.
The air quality in several parts of Northern India, especially the Delhi-NCR region, continues to be poor and even hazardous owing to winds blowing in thick smoke from agricultural fires in Punjab and Haryana. Of course, incessant burning of crackers before, during and after Diwali in the national capital did not help.
On Sunday, the city's air quality index breached 999 mark in several places, adding to the woes of the residents.
After countless warnings, social media campaigns, heartfelt urges and apparent measures on part of the government, several Delhiites chose to turn a deaf ear and burst crackers anyway. In fact, we even came across a few tweets and Instagram posts where users encouraged others to burst crackers, in the name of "tradition" and "religion."
To top it off, some even rubbished notions that crackers could lead to pollution or could contribute to the plummeting air quality index in the city. Of course, what difference can a little smoke from crackers make? A rocket or two surely wouldn't hurt anyone?
It wouldn't be wrong to define this very attitude as resulting in a snowball effect. Clearly, many thought the same and as some of us tried desperately to keep the smog outside at bay by keeping our windows shut, others indulged in Diwali fun and frolic the only way they know how - by bursting crackers, crackers which were purportedly banned.
The impact was evident the next day, as most of us experienced itchiness and burning sensation in our eyes while some complained of dry throat. On Twitter, people have been sharing images taken before and after Diwali, which proves the consequence that our collective actions have had over the environment. Take a look:
The impact of firecrackers on air pollution 👇 on #Diwali day.
Picture 1: taken at 7pm before firecrackers bursting started
Picture 2: taken at 10pm after more than 2 hours of firecrackers bursting pic.twitter.com/3zdDhNEhHe
— Alok K N Mishra TOI (@AlokKNMishraTOI) October 28, 2019
My balcony view in Noida before and after Diwali.#DelhiChokes #DelhiPollution pic.twitter.com/DJ5Vyh6ujh — Mayank Sharma (@sharmajidaladka) October 28, 2019
— Isha Berry (@ishaberry2) October 29, 2019
Before After #Diwali #Gurgaon pic.twitter.com/TOE0kzENnv — Dil Nawaz (@ConsiderMeHappy) October 30, 2019
— Bhavana chaudhary (@Bhavana09798359) October 30, 2019
No Joke here. First picture is before Diwali firework second after firework. This is third dayin Delhi after Diwali without Sun. pic.twitter.com/YFDnTxmfJE — Ramta Jogi (@iamataurr) October 30, 2019
Hate to break it to you, but we're pretty much responsible for the miserable photos that you see above.