Two days after Diwali, Air Quality Index (AQI) of Ghaziabad plummeted to 459 on Tuesday making it the most polluted city in India. This has forced the Ghaziabad District Administration to issue an advisory to the general public.
The advisory says that the smog pervading in the air would adversely affect the health of the public. "Senior citizens, school-going children and patients suffering from respiratory ailments need to take special precaution in this situation," the advisory alerts.
It cautions that particles of the pollutants can enter the body through respiratory system and affect vital organs of human body as it gets diluted with the blood.
The office of the chief medical officer has compiled a list of dos and don’ts for the residents under these circumstances.
What to do:
What not to do:
As per the regional office of Uttar Pradesh Pollution Control Board (UPPCB) in Ghaziabad, the AQI at four monitoring station-Indirapuram, Vasundhara, Sanjay Nagar and Loni were recorded at 466, 454, 462 and 454 respectively. Since Monday, skyline of the city has been shrouded in thick smog. The air is filled with haze and residents are complaining about irritation in eyes, throat and skin.
As per the Met Department, the condition is expected to remain the same for the next two days as burning crackers have made the air denser. Also, the stubble burning across Punjab and Haryana is believed to worsen the climate condition.