News Alerts

08 Nov 2018 | 09:58 AM UTC

India: Hazardous levels of pollution in Delhi following Diwali festivities /update 4

India News Alert

“Severe” levels of pollution recorded in New Delhi November 8, following Diwali celebrations; associated health risks

TIMEFRAME expected from 11/8/2018, 12:00 AM until 11/12/2018, 11:59 PM (Asia/Kolkata). COUNTRY/REGION Dehli

Read all related news alert(s):

Event

Air pollution across the country reached high levels after this year’s Diwali celebrations took place on Wednesday, November 7. The capital New Delhi is experiencing a toxic haze as of November 8, despite a Supreme Court ban on the use of firecrackers. Air Quality Index measurements have been recorded as high as 574, which falls under the “severe” category, the highest level on a six-tier scale.

Authorities warn of potential health hazards associated with periods of high pollution, notably for certain vulnerable groups - e.g. children, seniors, pregnant women, and people suffering from asthma and other respiratory issues. Air pollution can also be harmful to cardiac health and increase risk of heart attack or stroke, particularly among high-risk individuals (e.g. those with preexisting heart conditions).

Context

A worsening of the air quality is systematic during Diwali celebrations, due to the prevalent use of fireworks during the festival and ongoing agricultural fires.

Advice

Individuals should monitor the air quality situation, limit outdoor activity, and adhere to any instructions issued by the local authorities. Do not hesitate to seek medical attention if experiencing breathing difficulties.

 

Copyright and Disclaimer
GardaWorld is the owner or licensee of all intellectual property rights in the material presented on this website. All such rights are reserved. The use of this website and its material is subject to the Terms of Use and accordingly you must not use any content from this website for commercial or other analogous purposes without our consent, including but not limited to any deep-linking or framing in order to copy, distribute, display or monitor any portion of the website. If you have any questions or are interested in distributing any content from this website, Contact us for more details.

Related news