Delhi breathes in toxic air; AQI turns 'severe' after crossing 400 mark

Delhi breathes in toxic air; AQI turns 'severe' after crossing 400 mark

EPCA announces health emergency in Delhi, as AQI crosses the 'very poor' threshold

Akanksha Singh

Akanksha Singh

The air quality in Delhi has been an eyesore for quite some time now. Delhi is one of the most polluted cities in the entire country and there's no denying that pollution is the number one cause of concern for the people living here.

With the AQI index soaring, even three days after Diwali, Delhi is breathing 'very poor' air. The air quality in the national capital after Diwali has plunged to a new low and has shifted from 'very poor' to 'severe' in the matter of a day. The national capital is currently in a state of 'health emergency' and there's no running away from that.

Delhi breathes in toxic air; AQI turns 'severe' after crossing 400 mark

What's the update

The Air Quality Index (AQI) of Delhi was fluctuating between 400 and 420 on Thursday, giving out an average AQI of 410 for the day, placing Delhi's air quality in the 'severe' category.

According to the AQI bulletin released by the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB), 'severe' air can harmfully impact those with no previous health issues and especially effect those with serious health conditions.

The reason

Delhi's AQI has been worsening post Diwali, with the aftermath of fireworks and vehicular pollution showing plainly in the national capital's air. According to the reports released by SAFAR (System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting and Research) 35% of the air pollution caused in Delhi is owing to field burning that is being carried out in Haryana and Uttar Pradesh.

This increase in pollution is not just detrimental to the health of the residents of Delhi, it is also bad for the overall quality of life for people living in the area.

Knock Knock

Air pollution in Delhi has been a cause for concern for long. The city has been struggling to breathe for years now and the situation doesn't seem to get better. We would urge our readers to do their bit for the environment and take the necessary precautions to stay away from the detrimental impacts of the air pollution.