Air Quality Today: Delhi Breathes Air, Schools Shut

Delhi wakes up today to hazardous air and low visibility today. While there is a slightly improvement from yesterday, it doesn’t mean much, considering the AQI reading of 472. Schools have been shut for two days in the national capital.

Other major cities of the country such as Kolkata, Chennai, Hyderabad, and Mumbai too breathed ‘unhealthy’ levels of air pollution.

Bangalore continues to record ‘moderately’ healthy air with today’s PM2.5 levels recorded at 58.

Check the PM2.5 Levels in your city today:

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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. The entire population is likely to be affected.
  • 401-500: Severe. Health alert: everyone may experience more serious health issues.

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