As the thick toxic smog persisted to drape the capital on Thursday too, it is forcing the schools to shut down, halting traffic on highways and people are rushing to buy air filtration and purifiers masks.
In the afternoon on Wednesday, the deadly level of cancer-causing pollutants in Delhi’s air was around 10 times the reading in Beijing of China, a city worldwide famous for its air pollution. As per the Expert’s saying, The situation in Delhi a major public health emergency.
A lung surgeon at Sir Ganga Ram Hospital, Arvind Kumar said, “The situation as it exists today is the worst that I have seen in my 35 years staying in the city of Delhi.” He added, “As a doctor I have no problem saying that the situation today is a public health emergency. If you want protect people, we should be ordering the evacuation of Delhi. Closing down all schools. Closing down all offices.”
For the situation of pollution, Kejriwal blamed the adjoining states of Panjab and Haryana for burning crops residue, an annual tradition to clear fields that combine with Industrial emissions and vehicle, as well as road and construction dust.
A day before, a senior member of ruling party BJP blamed the pollution on party Kejriwal’s “failure to maintain” working relationship with the nearby chief ministers, one who belongs to the ruling BJP.
An IT professional, 32, Shikha Gupta, has kept her parents and children inside the home and has stopped taking her morning walks. She told, “I just stepped out of my office a couple of minutes ago and my eyes are burning already.”
As per the U.S embassy monitor, the level of the deadliest, tiny particulate matter known as PM 2.5, which sets deep in person’s lung, soared on Tuesday to 726.
World Health Organization guidelines advise exposure to level about 10, while anything less than 50 is considered healthy or safe and level more than 300 are considered “hazardous.” On Wednesday, at 2 PM Beijing had level roughly 76 while Delhi’s Air was measured 833.
The organizers of an International Half Marathon scheduled for the 19 th stated they are putting the race on hold but constantly monitoring the situation. According to a statement, to lessen the impact of pollution, the organizers will wash the entire 21-kilometre course with effluent water mixed with salt.
Last month, The Supreme Court put the ban on selling crackers ahead of Diwali in an attempt to reduce pollution levels.
Mr Jai Dhar Gupta, who sells the pollution-filtering face mask band of Vogmask in India, is dealing with the sudden flood of orders. He said that as the pollution began to worsen, demand shot up 3,000 percent starting Sunday. He added, “Corporates and institutions like schools are placing bulk orders suddenly.” He told, “The sad part is that people don’t take the polluted air threat seriously until they see it.”
Roychowdhury stated, “During winters, the pollution problem is always atmosphere driven. He also added, that the important thing now is what can be immediately done.
Last year, NASA satellite imagery displayed thick plumes of smoke increasing across north India covering Delhi, similar to when the agency tracked fires from Sumatra of Indonesia, which frequently drift and pollute Singapore.