EPCA Declares Health Emergency In Delhi, Schools Shut Till Nov 5

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Environment Pollution (Prevention and Control) Authority(EPCA) on Friday declared Public Health Emergency as pollution level in the region entered "severe" category, EPCA also banned the bursting of crackers during the winter season. Schools in Delhi will be closed till Tuesday, November 5, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal tweeted.

In a letter to chief secretaries of Delhi, Haryana, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh, EPCA Chairman Bhure Lal said, "The air quality in Delhi and NCR deteriorated further last night and is now at the severe plus level. We have to take this as a public heath emergency as it will have adverse health impacts on all, particularly our children."

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Under these circumstances, he said, construction activities, hot mix plants and stone crushers in Delhi, Faridabad, Gurugram, Ghaziabad, Noida and Greater Noida will remain closed till morning of November 5.

EPCA Chief Bhure Lal said pollution touched "severe plus" levels early on Friday morning but came back to "severe" category later. According to official data, the overall Air Quality Index (AQI) at 1 pm on Friday was recorded at 480, which falls in the "severe" category.

An AQI between 0-50 is considered 'good', 51-100 'satisfactory', 101-200 'moderate', 201-300 'poor', 301-400 'very poor' and 401-500 'severe'. Above 500 falls in the 'severe-plus emergency' category.