COLOMBO (NewsRadio); Experts have warned of severe health complications for residents as the air quality level in Colombo has worsened in recent days.
Reading of the dynamic air quality map published by the National Building Research Organization suggests, air quality in Battaramulla is at very unhealthy level.
At 5.45am, according to observations made by the NewsRadio desk, Battaramulla recorded a numerical value of 108 which exceeds even the very unhealthy level.
The purple alert, which indicates the air quality is at very unhealthy level, is issued when the numerical level is between 70 and 87.
However, the air quality in Battaramulla has well exceeded the mark.
Meanwhile, the air quality in Puttalam, Vavuniya and Mannar has also worsened and is at unhealthy levels.
The air quality is considered satisfactory and air pollution poses little or no risk when the numerical value is between 0 and 17 while when the NBRO reading is between 18 and 35 the air quality in that specific area is considered is acceptable: however, there may be a moderate health concern for a very small number of people who are unusually sensitive to air pollution.
Meanwhile, according to local experts, the increase in the level of air pollution in Sri Lanka is reported to have been caused by a air pollution in India.
Research has indicated an alarming increase of air pollution in India’s capital Delhi, with figures being three times higher than those recorded normally.