A day after Delhi NCR was declared as officially being in a public health emergency by the Environment Pollution (Prevention and Control) Authority (EPCA), the air quality remains at a ‘hazardous’ 425 on the AQI reading.
Thankfully, the emergency status has meant that schools are to remain shut and children have higher chances of being protected indoors.
Meanwhile, Mumbai, perhaps aided by yesterday’s rains, still shows a remarkable AQI reading of 44, along with Hyderabad at 53 (moderate).
Pollution Across Metros in India Today:
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 begirn 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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