Dra­matic rise in farm fires, AQI lev­els may hit emer­gency

Hindustan Times (Delhi) - - METRO -

A to­tal of 48,000 fire in­ci­dents were re­ported in Pun­jab last year and the num­ber was 78,000 in 2016. “At this rate, the to­tal count might cross last year’s num­bers,” said the official, ask­ing not to be named since he was not au­tho­rised to speak to the me­dia.

Farm fires and emis­sions from fire­crack­ers con­trib­ute heav­ily to con­cen­tra­tions of PM2.5 par­ti­cles in the air, which can lead to ma­jor health prob­lems since they can en­ter the blood­stream af­ter penetrating deep into the lungs.

‘Emer­gency’ is the worst of five grades clas­si­fy­ing pol­lu­tion, fol­lowed in de­creas­ing in­ten­sity by ‘se­vere’ and ‘very poor’.

Last year in November, a fort­night-long pe­riod when the air re­mained in the emer­gency cat­e­gory forced schools to be closed

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