Friday, 16 November, 2018

Delhi Air Quality Records Worst "Wear Masks, Prefer Short Walks"

Delhi air quality,Delhi air pollution,Delhi pollution India's air quality has plummeted to worst possible category
Doris Mccormick | 29 October, 2018, 16:43

In Delhi, the eight areas that recorded "severe" air quality on Saturday are Anand Vihar (430), Dwarka Sector 8 (430), Narela (413), Punjabi Bagh (406), Bawana (410), Mundka (445), Vivek Vihar (410), and Rohini (431).

A haze engulfed Delhi, which continued to battle risky levels of pollution, as it recorded the worst air quality of this season during the day Sunday, officials said.

While the Air Quality Index (AQI) of Delhi was 366 on a scale of 0 to 500, considered "very-poor", the same was 415 in Ghaziabad and 403 in Gurugram - both signifying "severe".

The government's Central Pollution Control Board on Friday said New Delhi's air quality had plummeted to the worst possible category.

A CPCB-led task force has recommended to Supreme Court-appointed Environment Pollution Control Authority implementation of stringent measures from November 1 to 10, predicting further deterioration in the air quality ahead of Diwali.

A study reports PM 2.5-related long-term mortality for the year 2016 in 13 megacities of China, India, Bangladesh and Pakistan using an integrated exposure risk (IER) model.

The task force said that at the beginning of November, the situation may get deteriorate further on account of localised emissions during festival and regional contribution due to stubble burning.

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The acceptable levels of PM10, the larger particulate matter, and PM 2.5, which measures the finer and more unsafe particulate matter, are 100µg/ m3 and 60µg/m3, respectively. "The weather conditions include wind direction, temperature etc", he said.

"Unless there are strong winds in the category of at least 20kmh, this pollution won't go away", said Mr Mahesh Palawat, vice-president of meteorology and climate change at Skymet Weather Services.

In Mumbai, the city which is just off the coast of the Arabian Sea, people will experience varying degrees of heat until the onset of winter season, Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) has said.

It has forecast even worse indices for Sunday - 359 (PM10) and 211 (PM2.5).

Out of 48 monitored station across NCR (including Delhi), only four had "moderate to poor" air quality while 18 stations has "severe or severe-plus" air quality and 26 were "very-poor".

Meanwhile, SAFAR has also issued a health advisory due to increase in the pollution level of the city. It also advised people to wear masks as a precaution.

The recommendations of the health advisory included people with heart or lung disease, older adults and children to avoid prolonged or heavy exertion.

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