After Diwali air quality in capital has deteriorated and has plunged into ‘Severe Zone ‘
According to a report after Diwali fireworks the air quality of Delhi has now plunged into severe Zone, which means Delhi People are inhaling poison that can make them seriously ill. Today capital was covered by a cloud of smoke, caused by the fireworks which were carried out by the people yesterday as the part of Diwali celebration.
The centre’s system of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting and Research recorded the level of respirable pollutants, PM 2.5 and PM 10, at 283 and 517 micrograms per cubic metre respectively around 8pm, which violated the safe limit multiple times.
Do you know what are the safe limits and why Delhi Air has plunged into Severe Zone?
Notably the prescribed standards of PM 2.5 and PM 10 are 60 and 100 respectively, but if it goes above it then it may seriously affect our respiratory system. The fireworks on Diwali night have further worsened the quality of air.
People who are travelling to their offices early in the morning complained about the zero visibility and some of them even said that it became very difficult for them to breathe. Notably, if air quality in China plunges to this level, the country declares a red alert.
Delhi –the city of about 20 million people tops the chart of cities with foul air on the list of World Health Organisation is still struggling to clean its air quality, but this Diwali has even made it more toxic.
What all you can do as a citizen?
It’s important to take care of yourself, especially kids and pregnant women. So wear mask everytime you go out and make sure to have fresh fruits and drinks.