Delhi Reels Under 'Very Poor' AQI, Residents Concerned About Rising Health Risks

Delhi Reels Under ‘Very Poor’ AQI, Residents Concerned About Rising Health Risks| News

Highlights
  • AQI in Delhi on November 10 stood at 382, falling under ‘very poor’
  • The share of crop residue burning is 27 per cent in PM2.5: SAFAR
  • Living in Delhi is like living in pollution, said a cyclist from capital

New Delhi: The air quality in the national capital continued to remain under the “very poor” category on Wednesday (November 10) with the Air Quality Index (AQI) standing at 382, as per the System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting And Research (SAFAR). “AQI today remains in ‘Very Poor’ category. Winds coming from the north west direction at 925millibars (mb) have slowed down but are favourable for transport of stubble related pollutants to Delhi”, said SAFAR, the forecasting body under the Ministry of Earth Sciences.

However, its impact on Delhi’s PM2.5 is reducing gradually. Today’s share of crop residue burning is 27 per cent in PM2.5. AQI is likely to improve further but remains in the very poor category due to partially cloudy conditions and shallow mixing layer height, it added.

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Due to persistent pollution in Delhi’s air, the residents of the national capital complained about rising health problems. Payal Sakariya, a cyclist from Sarita Vihar Delhi , “Living in Delhi is like living in pollution. Cannot escape that. Pollution is less this year and from last 2-3 days, it is gradually decreasing. Congestion, nose block, breathlessness are a few symptoms that I face but it is better to stay outside than to remain home.”

She said that number of cyclists in Delhi has also decreased due to the rise in pollution levels. I noticed more than usual cyclers the day before yesterday. As an individual, I do carpool and do not burn crackers. But the government should take measures to control the situation, she added.

Laxmi Narayan, another resident observed that pollution is causing more problems for senior citizens as they are at a higher risk of contracting diseases. Pollution has slightly decreased from last 2-3 days. A city like Delhi is extremely polluted and after Diwali, it always increases. The Court, Government and other agencies have been repeatedly telling people to reduce pollution, but nobody listens. It is very difficult for senior citizens as they are at a higher risk of contracting diseases, he said.

I think the major reason behind increasing pollution at this time is stubble burning, cracker burning and inadequate rains. Both Delhi and the Central Government should work together to control the pollution. Due to the use of CNG as a fuel in vehicles, they do not contribute much to pollution,  added Mr Narayan.

Also Read: Delhi Pollution Off The Charts After Diwali, Itchy Throat, Watery Eyes

Saurabh from Delhi Elite cyclist group said, The AQI here is over 300 so we have come outside today and will do low-intensity activities keeping in view the air quality and pollution. There are a few factors that have spiked pollution in Delhi, such as factories, vehicles, cracker burning, stubble burning, labours are cooking food using wood. The AQI is comparatively better than the last year.”

(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)

NDTV – Dettol have been working towards a clean and healthy India since 2014 via Banega Swachh India initiative, which is helmed by Campaign Ambassador Amitabh Bachchan. The campaign aims to highlight the inter-dependency of humans and the environment, and of humans on one another with the focus on One Health, One Planet, One Future – Leaving No One Behind. It stresses on the need to take care of, and consider, everyone’s health in India – especially vulnerable communities – the LGBTQ populationindigenous people, India’s different tribes, ethnic and linguistic minorities, people with disabilities, migrants, geographically remote populations, gender and sexual minorities. In wake of the current COVID-19 pandemic, the need for WASH (WaterSanitation and Hygiene) is reaffirmed as handwashing is one of the ways to prevent Coronavirus infection and other diseases. The campaign will continue to raise awareness on the same along with focussing on the importance of nutrition and healthcare for women and children, fight malnutrition, mental wellbeing, self care, science and health, adolescent health & gender awareness. Along with the health of people, the campaign has realised the need to also take care of the health of the eco-system. Our environment is fragile due to human activity,  that is not only over-exploiting available resources, but also generating immense pollution as a result of using and extracting those resources. The imbalance has also led to immense biodiversity loss that has caused one of the biggest threats to human survival – climate change. It has now been described as a “code red for humanity.” The campaign will continue to cover issues like air pollutionwaste managementplastic banmanual scavenging and sanitation workers and menstrual hygiene. Banega Swasth India will also be taking forward the dream of Swasth Bharat, the campaign feels that only a Swachh or clean India where toilets are used and open defecation free (ODF) status achieved as part of the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in 2014, can eradicate diseases like diahorrea and the country can become a Swasth or healthy India.

World

25,14,15,878Cases

21,25,42,567Active

3,38,00,925Recovered

50,72,386Deaths

Coronavirus has spread to 196 countries. The total confirmed cases worldwide are 25,14,15,878 and 50,72,386 have died; 21,25,42,567 are active cases and 3,38,00,925 have recovered as on November 11, 2021 at 4:15 am.

India

3,44,01,670 13,091Cases

1,38,5561,127Active

3,38,00,925 13,878Recovered

4,62,189 340Deaths

In India, there are 3,44,01,670 confirmed cases including 4,62,189 deaths. The number of active cases is 1,38,556 and 3,38,00,925 have recovered as on November 11, 2021 at 2:30 am.

State Details



State

Cases

Active

Recovered

Deaths
Maharashtra

66,20,423 1,094

16,044 899

64,63,932 1,976

1,40,447 17

Kerala

50,34,858 7,540

71,084 560

49,29,153 7,841

34,621 259

Karnataka

29,90,856 328

8,056 72

29,44,669 247

38,131 9

Tamil Nadu

27,11,584 828

10,159 112

26,65,178 931

36,247 9

Andhra Pradesh

20,69,066 348

3,220 13

20,51,440 358

14,406 3

Uttar Pradesh

17,10,236 14

92 7

16,87,240 6

22,904 1

West Bengal

16,00,732 853

7,945 29

15,73,520 809

19,267 15

Delhi

14,40,230 54

388 39

14,14,751 15

25,091

Odisha

10,44,428 387

2,716 66

10,33,344 317

8,368 4

Chhattisgarh

10,06,245 25

223 10

9,92,435 34

13,587 1

Rajasthan

9,54,471 2

44 1

9,45,473 3

8,954

Gujarat

8,26,826 42

215 6

8,16,521 36

10,090

Madhya Pradesh

7,92,924 5

81 7

7,82,319 12

10,524

Haryana

7,71,368 13

118 2

7,61,200 11

10,050

Bihar

7,26,144 6

37 3

7,16,446 3

9,661

Telangana

6,72,987 164

3,746 8

6,65,272 171

3,969 1

Assam

6,13,061 263

3,279 22

6,03,747 284

6,035 1

Punjab

6,02,647 31

242 13

5,85,838 17

16,567 1

Jharkhand

3,48,948 15

150 4

3,43,660 19

5,138

Uttarakhand

3,43,974 8

142 8

3,36,430 16

7,402

Jammu And Kashmir

3,33,490 165

1,230 31

3,27,812 131

4,448 3

Himachal Pradesh

2,25,319 154

1,161 78

2,20,368 71

3,790 5

Goa

1,78,399 32

294 9

1,74,734 22

3,371 1

Puducherry

1,28,302 39

272 5

1,26,167 33

1,863 1

Mizoram

1,26,917 531

5,939 157

1,20,522 371

456 3

Manipur

1,24,250 64

724 17

1,21,586 45

1,940 2

Tripura

84,635 11

134 13

83,685 24

816

Meghalaya

83,942 28

318 1

82,163 28

1,461 1

Chandigarh

65,373 2

22 4

64,531 6

820

Arunachal Pradesh

55,202 5

47 3

54,875 2

280

Sikkim

32,074 16

124 2

31,550 14

400

Nagaland

31,960 9

172 8

31,096 14

692 3

Ladakh

21,087 15

129 4

20,749 11

209

Dadra And Nagar Haveli

10,682

0 0

10,678

4

Lakshadweep

10,365

0 0

10,314

51

Andaman And Nicobar Islands

7,665

9 0

7,527

129

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