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Smog Envelops Delhi 2 Days Before Diwali, Air Quality May Worsen

05 November 2018, 11:29 | Justin Tyler

Delhi air pollution, air quality and smog live updates: Delhi govt directs all concerned agencies to be on full alert

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Meanwhile, besides cancelling leaves of all of its employees, India's Central Pollution Control Board has opened social media channels for people to flag pollution. On Saturday morning, most cities recorded slightly improved AQI levels.

The overall air quality index of Delhi was registered at 345 which falls in the "very poor" category.

Indian Government has put in emergency measures to check the increased air pollution level in National Capital as air quality slipped from "very poor" to "hazardous" on Friday.

According to Central Pollution Control Board data, Gurgaon, Faridabad and Noida recorded an AQI of 416 on November 1, which falls under "severe category while the PM10 level in Delhi stood at 368".

From Thursday, there will be a halt of all construction activities involving excavation.

"300 water sprinklers are being used across Delhi to tap down the particle pollutants", said Delhi Environment Minister Imran Hussain.

"Uganda and many other African states have flagrantly reneged on their commitments under the Abuja Declaration of 2001 to commit at least 15% of their budget to health ( now it stands at 9.3%); The Paris Agreement on reduction of emissions; 2030 Development Agenda or Sustainable development goals".

The National Clean Air for Children Programme, launched last week by the Clean Air Parents' Network and supported by environmental law organisations ClientEarth and the British Lung Foundation, calls for £153m of funding to protect babies and children from the harmful effects of air pollution.

Union Minister for Environment Dr Harshvardhan said that there has been 30 per cent decrease in case of stubble burning from Punjab and Haryana. Its a collective problem and I urge everyone to please work together. "Only then can we find a soln (sic)".

Analyses that only included fine particulates (PM2,5) in air pollution suggest that the risk for a heart attack rises by 5,2% per 10-?g/m³ increase in the long-term concentration at home.

The deterioration of air quality comes ahead of Diwali when a further spike in pollution is expected to hit the city.

According to reports of the South African National Department of Environmental Affairs, and confirmed by our own experience and analysis, air quality exceeds the South African ambient air quality standards (AAQS) on an ongoing basis; especially in the Highveld, Mpumalanga, Vaal, and Waterberg-Bojanala priority areas.

Delhi Environment Minister Imran Hussain, who attended the meeting, said the meeting should have been taken seriously.

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