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Side-effects of Diwali? AQI worsens & Lucknow struggles to breathe clean air
Lucknow was reported to be the most polluted city a few days before Diwali and even after four long days of the festival, Lucknow still finds it difficult to breathe in the city.
The air quality in Lucknow was recorded at 326 on Wednesday, October 30.
The aftermath of Diwali and the increase in vehicular pollution, owing to the festivals, can be held directly responsible for the deterioration in the air quality.
What's the update?
The air quality index (AQI) of Lucknow showed constant deterioration and stood at 326 on October 30, 2 days after Diwali. The air quality which was recorded at 186 on October 26 shot up several notches and decided to rest in the "very poor" category for good.
The Diwali fireworks, changing weather, high humidity and low wind velocity are a few factors that can be attributed to this radical shift. The entire city has been covered with a thick layer of smog and it is increasingly difficult to breathe in the air.
How to cope with the pollution?
Lucknow is a city in high gears of development and we see a ton of construction and vehicular movement owing to the same. With most of the residents out and about, pollution is one of the biggest health hazards. If you're someone who is travelling in crowded areas, we suggest covering your face or wearing masks.
The Pm 2.5 and Pm 10 concentration in the air can cause not only respiratory issues but also redness and itchiness of the eyes. We would recommend our readers to go out in public wearing glasses, especially if their eyes are particularly sensitive.
Also, consult a doctor immediately if you're facing trouble breathing or are experiencing skin rashes or eye infections among other things.
The air quality has become a major concern for Lucknow and the people living here. Necessary precautions are a must before stepping out of the house, till the situation improves.
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