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28 Oct 2019 | 11:19 AM UTC

India: Hazardous air quality levels recorded in Delhi October 28 /update 2

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Hazardous air quality levels recorded in Delhi October 28; situation to improve over the coming days

TIMEFRAME expected from 10/28/2019, 12:00 AM until 10/30/2019, 11:59 PM (Asia/Kolkata). COUNTRY/REGION New Delhi

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Event

As of Monday, October 28, hazardous air quality levels triggered by Diwali fireworks and agricultural fires were recorded in Delhi. According to the System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting and Research (SAFAR), the overall air quality index (AQI) in Delhi reached 463 at 11.30 (local time), but should improve in the coming days as strong winds are expected to disperse the pollution.

Context

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

A ban on diesel generators has been issued in Delhi and surrounding towns on October 15, under the Graded Response Action Plan (GRAP).

Advice

Individuals present in Delhi 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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