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15 Nov 2019 | 11:51 AM UTC

India: Hazardous air quality levels continue in Delhi, Gurugram November 15 /update 10

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Hazardous air quality continues in Delhi, Gurugram November 15; situation to improve in the coming days

TIMEFRAME expected from 11/15/2019, 12:00 AM until 11/19/2019, 11:59 PM (Asia/Kolkata). COUNTRY/REGION Delhi-NCR, India

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Event

As of Friday, November 15, hazardous air quality levels continue in Delhi NCR and Gurugram, in the neighboring Haryana state. The air quality index (AQI) reached 425 in Delhi at around 15:00 (local time), and 600 in Gurugram at around 13:00. According to the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD), strong winds are forecast to improve air quality on Saturday, November 16.

The government has warned against engaging in any outdoor activities and restrictions have been implemented on polluting fuel-based industries.

Context

Health officials declared a public health emergency on November 1 due to the "Severe+" level of air pollution in New Delhi and the National Capital Region (NCR), and transport authorities implemented and odd-even road rationing scheme across the city, effective through November 15. A ban has also been issued on hot-mix plants and stone crusher plants in Delhi-NCR as part of governmental anti-pollution measures.

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

Advice

Individuals in Gurugram (Haryana) and the National Capital Region are advised to monitor the situation, limit outdoor activities until the situation normalizes, and wear N95 rated masks for 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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