The fog or mist seen these days is not natural occurrence as the air quality has reached very unhealthy levels in the Northern part of Sri Lanka as at 5.30 pm on Wednesday (Dec 07). The area is registering over 200 in the air quality index (AQI) due to winds from India carrying polluted air.
The public has been advised to wear masks to protect their health. AQI index was 212 in Jaffna, 189 in Gampaha, 170 in Dambulla, 169 Colombo, 161 Kandy, 170 in Negombo, and 157 in Ambalantota.
Laboratory tests to be conducted into deaths of a large of number of livestock in Northern and Eastern provinces – Agriculture Ministry. The Air Quality Index in urban areas has improved significantly by Sunday (Dec. 11), the National Building Research Organisation (NBRO) pointed out.
The Real-time Air Quality Index (AQI) of Colombo as of 8:00 AM on Sunday (11) is at 89, which is categorized as Moderate. According to the NBRO, 51 -100 range indicates that the air quality is acceptable; however, for some pollutants there may be a moderate health concern for a very small number of people who are unusually sensitive to air pollution.
The fog seen these days in the Northern part of Sri Lanka is not natural occurrence as the air quality has reached very unhealthy levels!