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09 Oct 2019 | 02:59 PM UTC

India: Air quality reaches unhealthy levels in the north October 9

India News Alert

Air quality reaches unhealthy levels in the north on October 9 including New Delhi; situation may worsen over the coming days

TIMEFRAME expected from 10/9/2019, 12:00 AM until 10/13/2019, 11:59 PM (Asia/Kolkata). COUNTRY/REGION New Delhi, Uttar Pradesh

Event

As of Wednesday, October 9, unhealthy air quality levels were recorded in northern India, with an Air Quality Index (AQI) peaking at 173 at around 17:00 (local time) in the city of Noida. New Delhi has also been affected. According to India's System of Air Quality, Weather Forecasting And Research (SAFAR), the situation is expected to worsen by the end of the week due to a variety of factors. These include dry weather and effigy burning during festival season.

Context

An AQI reading of 0-50 is considered good, 51-100 moderate, and 101-200 unhealthy.

Advice

Individuals present in northern India are advised to monitor the situation, limit outdoor activities until the situation normalizes, and wear N95 rated masks as a protection. Children and those with chronic respiratory illnesses should exercise increased caution. Individuals are advised to seek medical attention if experiencing breathing difficulties or other health concerns.

 

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