Punjab experiences ‘most severe’ air quality in last ten years

PATIALA: The cyclonic move over northwest Madhya Pradesh coupled with a trough extending from northwest Rajasthan to Bihar has thrown the mud from the Thar wilderness up into the ambience forcing Punjab to experience ‘severest’ air high quality within the closing ten years.

The mud particle that engulfed the entire area on Wednesday afternoon has pushed the state’s Ambient Air Quality (AQI) within the severest class which is even more when compared with the pollution ranges that persist right through the stubble burning ahead of winters, yearly.

Going by way of the figures which have been recorded on the continuous ambient air high quality tracking stations (CAAQMS) across the state, most parts of Punjab are having an AQI ranging between 459 micrograms/m3 to over 500 micrograms/m3. While the AQI of Amritsar has been recorded at 459 microgram/m3, the same was once recorded at 491 microgram/m3 at Khanna. At Ludhiana, the AQI was once 488 microgram/m3 and at Mandi Gobindgarh, it was once 500 microgram/m3. At Ropar, AQI was once 471 microgram/m3, while the CAAQMS at Patiala and Jalandhar may just now not collect even information to compute the AQI.


The PM 2.five and PM 10 stage were additionally found to be all of a sudden prime since Wednesday afternoon. The figures say that the air pollution across the state is worse than the days when paddy stubble is about on fire ahead of the winters, each and every 12 months. In November, closing 12 months, when paddy residue was once being placed on fires across the state, the AQI screens were reflecting readings of 320 micrograms/m3 at Amritsar, 332 micrograms/m3 at Ludhiana and 371 micrograms/m3 at Mandi Gobindgarh, which was once in an overly poor class.


Before the mud hurricane, the AQI at Amritsar was once recorded at 131 microgram/m3, at Khanna it was once 111, at Jalandhar it was once 96 and at Ludhiana, it was once 139 microgram/m3. At Mandi Gobindgarh to was once 258 microgram/m3, while at Patiala and Ropar it was once recorded at 80 and 106 microgram/m3, respectively.


The mud particles which can be hanging within the environment also are causing breathing problems amongst many. As in keeping with the WHO the AQI as much as 50 micrograms/m3 is thought of as to be good with minimum affect on human well being, while as much as 100 micrograms/m3 it may possibly motive minor breathing problems to sensitive people. An AQI within the vary of 101 to 200 micrograms/m3 is saved within the reasonable class which can motive breathing discomfort to people with breathing issues and as much as 300, the AQI is said to be poor which can motive problems for healthy people on extended exposure. When the AQI rises above 301 to 400 micrograms/m3 it may possibly motive breathing problems amongst well being folks and above 400 micrograms/m3, it begins having a serious affect at the human well being.


KS Pannu, Chairman of the Punjab Pollution Control Board (PPCB), said the rise in pollution had been led to by way of a herbal phenomenon. He said inputs gained from the meteorological department suggest that the mud would settle down by way of Friday afternoon as the area is anticipated to receive rains. He said the PPCB had already issued an advisory to the citizens that individuals with acute breathing problems should avoid venturing out right through the poor air high quality and so they should additionally avoid carrying and different actions until the weather returns to commonplace.
Punjab experiences ‘most severe’ air quality in last ten years Punjab experiences ‘most severe’ air quality in last ten years Reviewed by kailash soni on June 14, 2018 Rating: 5
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