A Day After Diwali, Delhi Air is ‘Hazardous,’ Mumbai ‘Unhealthy’
In spite of the Delhi government’s efforts to discourage cracker bursting, Monday morning post Diwali has seen a considerable deterioration in the capital’s air quality.
As of this morning, 28 October, the air quality in Delhi NCR has slipped from a ‘poor’ to ‘severe’ to ‘hazardous’ in parts of the region. Although this slip was anticipated, the pollution levels this year have been far better than the previous years.
This is likely also due to the lesser number of crop burning incidents this year as compared to the last.
What was clear was the lack of availability of ‘green crackers’ that activists are calling a misnomer.
Here are the PM2.5 Levels in different parts of Delhi at 10 AM:
Connaught Place - 378
Lajpat Nagar - 300
North Campus -350
Sector 8, Dwarka -788
Other metros of the country too have seen a fall in air quality levels, although not as severely.
Here’s what the numbers mean. The World Health Organisation identifies pollution levels are ranging from:
- 0 - 50: Good. Air quality is considered satisfactory, and air pollution poses little or no risk.
- 51-100: Satisfactory. Air quality is acceptable; may be a moderate health concern for sensitive people.
- 101-200: Moderate. Sensitive groups (with lung, heart diseases) may experience health issues.
- 201-300: Poor. Everyone may begin to experience health issues like respiratory problems.
- 301-400: Very Poor. Health warnings of emergency conditions. Entire population is likely to be affected.
- 401-500: Severe. Health alert: everyone may experience more serious health issues.
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