Last weekend, particularly on Saturday, the air quality was worse than that on Diwali day in Pune city. According to SAFAR – Air Quality Forecasting Model of Indian Institute Tropical Meteorology (IITM), PM 2.5 and PM 10, the two pollutants surpassed the maximum permissible limit on Saturday, November 23.
The air quality status was worse than Diwali day this year. According to various doctors in the city, sicknesses related to the lungs and upper respiratory tract infections are on the rise.
Even though Pune hasn’t seen the usual drop in temperature, the fall of mercury and rise in pollution are leading to more than usual illnesses.
People are experiencing allergy and flu-like symptoms like sneezing, coughing, throat infections and joint aches.
Around the time of Diwali, pollutants in the air were washed away due to the rains. But now the drop in mercury levels, heat during mid-day and high pollution are leading to an increase in number of ailments.
Stay safe and healthy by taking precautions, Punekars!