Delhi Gasps: NCR Continues to Breathe Hazardous Air

Delhi continues to gasp on the morning of 31st October with air quality defined as ‘hazardous’. While many schools have reopened, there are concerns for the health of the children breathing this toxic mix.

In other parts of the country, there was some relief in Bengaluru and Mumbai. Parts of Chennai though showed an unusual spike, with the air in the US consulate area showing an AQI of 357.

Here are the numbers from across India:

Delhi 362 Hazardous

Mumbai: 107 (Unhealthy for sensitive groups)

Kolkata: 193 (Unhealthy)

Chennai: 124 (Unhealthy for sensitive groups)

Hyderabad: 102 (Unhealthy for sensitive groups)

Bengaluru: 75 (moderate)

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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