Dangerous air pollution continues in the Indian capital

New Delhi, November 4 (Prensa Latina) Today, the air quality continues to be in the severe category in this capital with a dangerous layer of fog shrouding the entire region, a panoramic spectacle that the Indian authorities described as worrying.

The Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) found the pollution level affecting the city at 440 early Saturday morning, when the ideal health index would be around 50.

In an emergency meeting the previous day, Delhi Lieutenant Governor VK Saxena termed the situation alarming and reiterated the need to implement a long-term permanent action plan to mitigate the air pollution crisis.

During the meeting, measures such as temporarily suspending construction and calling on residents to stay in their homes as much as possible and use public transportation to reduce emissions were discussed.

Other areas in the National Capital Region detected slightly lower pollution levels but recorded in the severe category such as Noida at 429, Gurugram at 425, and Faridabad at 457.

Air pollution is caused by the presence of harmful substances that affect human health and the environment.

Its causes include the use of toxins in agriculture, such as pesticides and insecticides; Burning fossil fuels, such as coal, oil and other fuels; Industrial smoke, which emits carbon monoxide, hydrocarbons and other chemicals; Car exhaust gases, as a source of carbon monoxide.

Impacts on the population include respiratory diseases, such as asthma, bronchitis, and lung cancer; Cardiovascular disease, such as stroke and heart disease. Neurological and psychological disorders, such as depression and anxiety. As well as eye irritation and skin diseases.

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