Smoke haze shrouded Sydney on Tuesday amid raging forest fires. [Neil Bennett/AAP Image via Reuters]
Sydney was shrouded in a dangerous haze on Tuesday as high winds blew smoke from bushfires blazing along Australia’s eastern coast into the country’s biggest city sending pollution levels soaring.
Official data showed air pollution had reached “hazardous” levels across Sydney, with the highest readings of PM 2.5 particulates in the city’s northwest reaching 186 parts per million on the air quality index – comparable to New Delhi in India. Residents were warned to avoid outdoor exercise.
Six people have been killed, hundreds of homes destroyed and about one million hectares (2.5 million acres) of farmland and bush devastated across New South Wales and Queensland in the fires that have