Hyderabad: As Delhi still gasps for breath, the air quality index (AQI) of southern states seems to be catching up with the north. As predicted, Delhi’s deadly air has moved towards the south and hit the southern states. According to the latest weather monitoring data, the AQI of BTM Bangalore is hazardous. BTM, Bangalore reported an air quality of 337. Meanwhile, the worst air quality of Delhi is currently 338.
Velachery residential area in Chennai reported an unhealthy AQI of 222. In Hyderabad, Sanathnagar continues to report a high level of fine particulate matter, PM2.5 of 174.
Delhi’s air quality has brought India’s air pollution crisis into focus. Hazy and smog-filled sky has engulfed several parts of the southern cities since Monday.
The AQI of South Bangalore, which was moderate on November 1 fell into a hazardous rate of 398 on Thursday, November 1 morning.
On Thursday morning the AQI of Chennai was surprisingly higher than that of Delhi. At around 7:30 am when Delhi reported an AQI of 244, in Chennai, it was 257.
— Chetan Bhattacharji (@CBhattacharji) November 6, 2019
As per the World Health Organisation (WHO), on an annual average, the ideal levels of Particulate Matter is PM2.5 levels in the air is 25 ug/m3. According to the Central Pollution Control Board, the acceptable levels of PM2.5 in the ambient air in India must be 60 ug/m3. The concentration of PM2.5 is vital because the small size of the pollutants are capable of entering the human body and cause respiratory diseases.