Delhiites are looking forward to getting some relief from the ‘very poor’ air quality that has been looming in the capital region for the past few days.
As of this morning, 7 November, there has only been a slight improvement in air quality with the PM2.5 levels falling to a 234 from yesterday’s 263.
Here’s how other parts of the country are faring today:
- Mumbai - 83 (Satisfactory)
- Hyderabad- 159 (Moderate)
- Bangalore- 102 (Moderate)
- Chennai- 184 (Moderate)
As for specific areas in the Delhi-NCR, R.K. Puram records a PM2.5 level of 190 (Moderate), Punjabi Bagh records a 257 (Poor) and Anand Vihar standing at 264 (Poor).
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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