Delhi chokes under Smog

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By Afrin Fatima

The air of Indian Capital is worsening with every passing day. Diwali celebrations and its
smoke created a veil around the city that looks like a thick fog, but actually is the pollution.
To add to this condition, the stubble burning in the nearby villages of Punjab and Haryana,
made it impossible to even breath in this time of the year. Delhi locale are quite aware of this hazardous situation but there is still nothing done to control it. In such scenario, every
individual should be well aware of the do’s and don’ts.
The thick fog is actually called smog which covers the entire city as a blanket. If this
situation keeps on persisting, then many people will be seen suffering from severe breathing diseases.
Air pollution levels in Delhi are 30 times greater than those found in UK, which will
consequently affect about 46 million people in and around Delhi.
Air pollution is mainly described as PM 10 and PM 2.5 levels in the atmosphere. Recently
the average air quality index for PM 10 was 410 and PM 2.5 was 417 and both the levels
described by the ministry are very unhealthy and one should avoid to move out of their places or wear surgical masks.
This hazard has worsened the conditions of the patients suffering respiratory ailments like
bronchitis and asthma.
The doctor’s advice is to only step out of houses when the smog subsides. One should not
exercise outside as it is harmful as well, till smog clears at least.

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