Air pollution is one of the most common problems faced by the people of India especially in the country’s capital, New Delhi. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the air quality in New Delhi is currently ‘very unhealthy’ which means the citizens must wear masks and carry out precautionary measures to stay safe.
Whereas people with respiratory issues must avoid going outdoors, and even if they do, they must cover their mouth and nose properly. What added to the already poor quality of the city is the outlawed firework celebration on Diwali last week.
Indian government however has been addressing the issue and used deploying water tankers that work based on a sprinkler system. These tankers are likely supposed to minimize the pollutants present in the air. Apart from this, the government also ordered the industries that lead to excessive air pollution to minimize or even put their production on halt for some time.
The US embassy in New Delhi revealed the drastic increase in the PM2.5 levels which are known as atmospheric particulate matter having a diameter below 2.5 micrometers. As shown in the infographic, the worst air quality readings came for 5th to 7th November where the PM2.5 levels exceeded a terrific figure of 350.
Note that the moderate PM2.5 level is when the figure is between 12.1 to 35.4. Now the hazardous air quality of New Delhi considering the recent PM2.5 levels doesn’t need any explanation, do they?
When the air quality is designated as ‘hazardous’ everyone whether prone to respiratory disease or not, must avoid going outdoors in the open air.
Infographic by: Statista.com