The city’s 24-hour average air quality index (AQI) was recorded at 363, nearly 22% higher than the 297 recorded on Wednesday – still in the ‘poor’ category of the scale.
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According to Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) data, the air quality monitoring station in Section 51 recorded the highest pollution level, with the area’s average AQI being in the ‘severe’ category at 406. After this there was Terry station. Gram (353, ‘very poor’) and Vikas Sadan (331, ‘very poor’). Data was not available for Gwalpahari station.
Analyst Sunil Dahiya said, “The air quality has deteriorated due to the current meteorological conditions and uncontrolled emissions. Stubble burning will also start reducing. Pollution from vehicles and industries is increasing the pollution and its spread due to calm winds. not happening.” Center for Energy and Clean Air Research (CREA).
Earlier this month, the Supreme Court pulled up governments for failing to curb winter pollution, as Delhi-NCR and neighboring regions get hit by toxic smog every year during this season. The Supreme Court said, “Something has to be done immediately.”
NASA satellite data compiled by the Indian Agricultural Research Institute recorded 47,248 incidents of farm fires in six states between September 15 and November 16 this year, the majority of which were in Punjab (31,932).
Pollution in NCR cities is expected to worsen in the coming days as temperatures will drop and wind speed will remain around 4 kmph to 6 kmph, both conditions allowing haze to persist in the air.
The central government’s System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting and Research (SAFAR) said the AQI in Delhi-NCR will be ‘very poor’ or ‘severe’.
On Thursday, Delhi’s AQI was ‘severe’ (419) along with Faridabad (424). Noida (355) and Ghaziabad (376) recorded ‘very poor’ air days.
Doctors said on Thursday that patients with pre-existing respiratory problems or other diseases are at higher risk of having trouble breathing.
“Prolonged exposure to pollutants can cause eye irritation, throat itching, sneezing, runny nose, and mild cough, even in individuals in good health. These symptoms occur in healthy individuals and those with asthma or Both are common in people with other medical conditions, which often cause it. Shortness of breath and difficulty breathing. Prolonged exposure, especially in outdoor work settings, can have lasting health effects. Senior Consultant and Head “It is very important to take precautionary measures like wearing masks and restricting outdoor activities during such situations,” said Dr Nevin Kishore of the department of pulmonology at Max Hospital, Gurgaon.
According to doctors, smaller pollutants PM2.5 are most harmful to health when they enter the body through inhalation.
The average PM2.5 level at the Sector 51 station on Thursday was recorded at 330g/m³, fifty times more than the permissible limit of 330 g/m³ in India. It was 311 grams/cubic meter in Terry Village and 276 grams/cubic meter in Vikas Sadan.
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