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Delhi Chokes As Air Quality Plunges To Severe Category

© AP Photo / Altaf QadriBirds fly in the foreground of rising sun as morning haze envelops the skyline in New Delhi, India, Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2022.
Birds fly in the foreground of rising sun as morning haze envelops the skyline in New Delhi, India, Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2022. - Sputnik India, 1920, 03.11.2023
The city's air quality has been deteriorating for several days. On Friday morning, the layer of smog had thickened, causing visibility to drop to just 500 meters.
Delhi on Friday woke up to see a thick layer of smog engulfing the sky as its air quality deteriorated to ‘severe category.’
Meanwhile, the city government has announced the closure of primary schools and banned construction as the Air Quality Index touched 500 in many areas, almost 100 times increase by what was suggested by the World Health Organization (WHO).

An AQI between zero and 50 is considered good, 51 and 100 satisfactory, 101 and 200 moderate, 201 and 300 poor, 301 and 400 very poor, and 401 and 500 severe. The AQI in the very poor and beyond category will likely cause respiratory issues upon prolonged exposure.

Around this time of the year, the city sees deteriorating air quality, the primary cause is stubble burning in neighbouring states – Punjab and Haryana, and a drop in temperature trapping the air particles, as per reports.

Impact On Individual Health

“Many hospitals are seeing rise in number of patients who are complaining of breathing, cough and skin irritation,” Dr. Shonit Kantroo told Sputnik India.

“A general advisory is released by the health department and hospitals, but we are asking people not to take long walks outside, use mask. No matter you have breathing problems or not, the pollution is going to impact everyone,” said Dr. Kantroo, who is a pediatrician.

He also said the pollution would have a negative impact on the elderly, children and pregnant women.
Meanwhile, experts believe that air quality will deteriorate in the coming days.
Delhi’s environment minister, Gopal Rai, has called an emergency meeting to review the situation.
Smog envelopes the skyline in New Delhi, India, Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2020 - Sputnik India, 1920, 04.10.2023
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