After a brief period of relief, the air quality in Delhi has deteriorated yet again. As of this morning, 13 November, Delhi recorded an AQI of 531, making it ‘hazardously’ poor.
Other metros of the country such as Kolkata, Chennai, Hyderabad and Mumbai are also faced with ‘unhealthy’ air quality while Bengaluru fairs slightly better with ‘satisfactory’ air .
Here’s what the PM2.5 levels in different parts of Delhi is like:
Punjabi Bagh - 785 (Hazardous)
Anand Vihar - 462 (Hazardous)
North Campus - 164 (Unhealthy)
Dwarka (Sector 8) - 657 (Hazardous)
JLN Stadium - 494 (Hazardous)
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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