Another Emergency in India: Now it is Delhi

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The national capital is in the grip of Health Emergency

This is not good news for people living in Delhi. Public health emergency has been declared in Delhi with worsening air quality. The schools have been closed till November 5.

The Delhi-NCR region has been declared a public health emergency in and around by a Supreme Court-mandated panel and construction activities have also been prohibited till November 5.

The air quality is almost non-liveable. Its region has a deteriorated air quality further today and is now at the severe plus level.

In accordance with the EPCA chairperson, the air pollution will have adverse health impact particularly on children which are the easiest prey to the worsening situation.

India’s Ministry of Earth Sciences published a research paper in October 2018 attributing almost 41% of PM2.5 air pollution in Delhi to vehicular emissions, 21.5% to dust and 18% to industries. … In November 2017, in an event known as the Great smog of Delhi, the air pollution spiked far beyond acceptable levels.

It is alarming when we have a look at the facts and figures. The air quality in Delhi, the capital of India, according to a WHO survey of 1600 world cities, is the worst of any major city in the world. Air pollution in India is estimated to kill 1.5 million people every year; it is the fifth-largest killer in India. India has the world’s highest death rate from chronic respiratory diseases and asthma, according to the WHO. In Delhi, poor quality air irreversibly damages the lungs of 2.2 million or 50 percent of all children.

The air blankets hovering over Delhi skies have been thickening lately which increased the mark of pollution level.

When the AQI is between 0 to 50, it’s  considered ‘good’, when it is between 51 to 100 it is ‘satisfactory’, between 101 to 200 is ‘moderate’, 201-300 ‘poor’, 301-400 ‘very poor’ and on the level of 401 to 500 it goes ‘severe’.  Above 500 falls in the ‘severe-plus emergency’ category. Here we see now the emergent reason behind this emergency.

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