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Fires adding to Delhi's pollution, PM 10 particles on the rise

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 29 April 2016, 11:20 IST

To add to the soaring levels of pollution in the city, about 972 incidents of fire have been reported in the national capital.

As per news reports, in April 2015, 164 incidents were reported. 

The recent incidents which have been reported in the city are largely fires in hutments in Vasant Kunj area, Jahapana Park and Sahibabad and a massive one which destroyed the National Museum of Natural History, recently.

The people at the places of the incidents have been reportedly complaining of breathing problems. The situation is worst for the school going kids.

More fire means more PM 10 particles

According to scientists, burning waste and leaves is directly proportional to the rise in the levels of PM 10 particles, which are strongly associated with combustion and vehicular pollution.

In an Indian Express report, scientists from  the Delhi Pollution Control Committee (DPCC) said that awareness about these harmful particles has increased with Delhi government's campaigns and as a result people have been reporting fires.

However, as per the Central Pollution Control Board, there is a fear of a rise in these incidents with escalating temperatures.

Meanwhile, because of these fires, there has been an over-all rise in the PM 10 levels in the capital this month.

First published: 29 April 2016, 11:20 IST