Hazardous levels of air pollution in Delhi have prompted government authorities to impose a set of emergency measures from Thursday, November 1, to Sunday, November 10, to help curb the worst of the effects. These measures include closing biomass and coal-fueled industries, banning construction and excavation inside Delhi-National Capital Region boundaries, and a ban on brick kilns and diesel generators. Additionally, several schools closed or canceled morning classes over the period.
Meteorologists and air pollution experts have warned that air quality is expected to worsen in the coming ten days. This is in part due to increased agricultural burning in nearby states and unfavorable weather conditions. As of Friday, November 2, Air Quality Index measurements increased to a score of 481 from 393 the day before, moving Delhi's pollution rating to "severe," the highest of six categories.
Individuals in Delhi are advised to monitor air quality and weather reports, refrain from nonessential travel and outdoor activities, and adhere to instructions issued by local authorities. Children, the elderly, pregnant women, and people with chronic respiratory illnesses should take precautions and avoid outdoor activity, particularly in the mornings and evenings. Air pollution can cause headaches, nausea, allergic reactions, difficulty breathing, and inflammation of the nose and throat; do not hesitate to seek medical attention if experiencing breathing difficulties or other health concerns.
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