Air Quality Today: Delhi Struggles to Breathe

Diwali might be over, but the pollution it brought along refuses to leave. Amidst almost negligent visibility in the national capital, there were still sights of people bursting crackers last evening. The situation has only become worse with the stubble fume from northwest regions like Punjab and Haryana. Parts of Delhi are breathing hazardous air, with Shahdra at 396, Anand Vihar at 365 and Sri Aurobindo Marg at 309.

Delhi: 350 (Hazardous)

Bengaluru: 57 (Moderate)

Hyderabad: 85 (Moderate)

Mumbai: 65 (Moderate)

Chennai: 13 (Healthy)

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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