Delhi Air Quality Records Worst “Wear Masks, Prefer Short Walks”

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Delhi recorded its worst air quality of this season on Sunday as a thick haze engulfed the national capital which continued to grapple with deteriorating air quality. Kanpur and Ghaziabad were the most polluted cities on Saturday with severe level air quality indices of 418 and 404 respectively. An AQI between 401 to 500 is categorized as ‘severe’ denoting an air so polluted that it can affect healthy people and seriously impact those with existing diseases.

Twelve pollution monitoring stations located in various parts of Delhi recorded severe air quality while 20 stations recorded very poor air quality, according to data by the Central Pollution Control Board.

The CPCB-led task force recommended the public to avoid strenuous outdoor activities and minimize the use of private vehicles to reduce exposure to toxic air.

The task force also gave recommendations to the Supreme Court-appointed Environment Pollution Control Authority to deal with the deteriorating air quality.

The task force also recommended closure of all construction activities involving excavation, civil construction, stone crushers, hot mix plants that generate dust pollution during November 1 to 10.

SAFAR also issued a health advisory, urging people with heart or lung disease, older adults and children to avoid prolonged or heavy exertion.

It also recommended people to go for shorter walks instead of jogs, keeping windows closed and wearing masks while stepping outside.

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