According to the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD), air quality levels are forecast to deteriorate in Delhi NCR from Wednesday, November 20, through Saturday, November 23. As of Wednesday, the air quality index (AQI) reached 204 in Delhi, and 227 in Ghaziabad at around 17:00 (local time). The cities of Noida, Gurugram, Faridabad, and Ghaziabad are also forecast to experience hazardous air quality levels in the coming days.
The government has warned against engaging in any outdoor activities and restrictions have been implemented on polluting fuel-based industries.
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.
Individuals in the National Capital Region, Noida, Gurugram, Faridabad, and Ghaziabad 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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