Delhiites to lose 17 years of their lives as air pollution again plunges to very poor category

November 22, 2019 5:34 PM |

As correctly predicted by our weathermen, the air quality in Delhi and its adjoining areas such as Gurugram, Noida, Ghaziabad, and Faridabad again plunged to very poor category and some places are in Severe Category.

According to the World Health Organization ( WHO ), the increase in the toxic air around Delhi and NCR is causing problems as Delhiites are breathing 25 times more toxic air leading to lung-related and even cardiovascular diseases. PM 2.5, one of the most dangerous pollutants might cut short the life of Delhiites by 17 years as predicted by the  World Health Organization ( WHO ).

For the last few days, Delhi has been experiencing an average PM 2.5 level of 254 and further, we expect air quality to deteriorate and reach in hazardous category. According to World Health Organization ( WHO ), the residents of Delhi are expected to live 17 years less than their expected life.

PM 2.5 is a micropollutant that rapidly enters the bloodstreams leading to the blocking of blood flow and creates clots, which may cause brain or even heart attack, and as discussed above can even cause lung-related and cardiovascular diseases. Due to these pollutants, nearly 30 lakh early deaths were reported in 2017 worldwide of which more than half of it was in China and India. And if we talk about air pollution as a whole then around 50 lakh people died globally during the same period.

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Air pollution is considered more responsible for deaths than alcoholism, malaria, physical inactivity and malnutrition. According to one report, air pollution-related diseases killed more people than traffic-related accidents.

One of the major reasons behind Delhi’s deteriorating air besides rising traffic, construction activities and lessening green cover is the stubble burning or burning of crop residues by neighbouring states like Punjab and Haryana. Moreover, the period from October to November has become synonymous with hazardous air, people roaming around covered noses.

Recently the Delhi Government had declared a public health emergency as toxic pollutants in the air had plunged to severe levels.

According to Skymet Weather, we expect the winds to pick up pace and the pollution level to come down further to moderate or poor category. Until then, the pollution levels will continue to be in the 'poor' to 'very poor' category.

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