Air pollution in New Delhi currently exceeds 100 times the health limit set by the World Health Organization.
New Delhi’s air quality became worse than ever by Friday, and the city is currently shrouded in thick, toxic smog. In and around the city, schools were closed and non-essential construction halted, as the city’s air quality index reached nearly 500 — the worst result measured in air pollution to date, 100 times the limit considered healthy by the World Health Organization. writes The Guardian.
The air quality in the city deteriorated significantly due to the presence of farmers in the area at this time
Straw is burning everywhere, and the wind is blowing the smoke towards the city.
More than a thousand forest fires were recorded in Punjab on Sunday. Emissions from vehicles, construction and burning garbage also make the situation worse. New Delhi, with a population of about 33 million people, is the most polluted city in the world. According to this year’s Lifetime Air Quality Index prepared by the University of Chicago Energy Policy Institute, the average…
Delhi residents’ lives can be shortened by 11.9 years due to bad air.
“The number of patients suffering from respiratory problems has increased, and more and more people are suffering from coughing, eye and breathing problems,” said Nikhil Modi, a doctor at Apollo Hospital in New Delhi.
Smog control includes irrigation of roads to reduce dust, and two projects each costing more than $2 million. Building 80-foot-tall ‘smog towers’ that are supposed to filter the air but have been measured as ineffective