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28 Nov 2018 | 10:50 AM UTC

India: Air pollution in New Delhi remains at “very poor” level Nov. 28

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“Very poor” air quality reported in New Delhi as of November 28; associated health risks

TIMEFRAME expected from 11/28/2018, 12:00 AM until 11/30/2018, 11:59 PM (Asia/Calcutta). COUNTRY/REGION New Delhi

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Event

As of Wednesday, November 28, air pollution levels in the capital New Delhi remain in the "very poor" category, the third-worst level on the official Air Quality Index six-tier scale. A heavy haze has been observed in recent days in the morning and at nightfall; low visibility could potentially prompt disruptions at the Indira Gandhi International Airport (DEL), although this has not been the case so far. Air quality levels are not expected to improve until December 1.

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

New Delhi is notoriously one of the world's most polluted cities. India has faced criticism for high levels of air pollution in both urban centers and rural areas due to crop burning and other open fires, vehicle and industrial emissions, and dust from construction. Plummeting air quality is typical in November due to an increase in agricultural fires.

Advice

Individuals present in the New Delhi region are advised to monitor the air quality situation, limit outdoor activity during periods of peak pollution, and adhere to any instructions issued by the local authorities. Do not hesitate to seek medical attention if experiencing breathing difficulties or other health concerns.

 

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