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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