Closer to Diwali, Air Quality in Parts of Delhi ‘Hazardous’

How are we breathing today? In large parts of the country, the air quality index indicated ‘moderate’ to ‘good’ range. Not so the National Capital Region. Just a few days before Diwali, the Air Quality Index in large parts of Delhi ranged from ‘hazardous’ to ‘very unhealthy’ at 7 am.

Wazirpur - 319

Vasundra (Ghaziabad) - 372

Jahangirpuri - 317

Mundka - 471

RK Puram - 190

With the outer parts of Delhi strictly in the ‘hazardous’ range, the advice is to stay indoors, specially for those who have difficulty breathing. Put on a mask when stepping out and avoid exercise.

Here’s what the rest of the country was breathing at 7 am.

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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