Colombo, Nov. 7 (newsin.asia) – Sri Lanka’s Central Environmental Authority, on Thursday, informed the World Health Organization (WHO) to examine the reasons for the unusual rise of dust concentration in the air across the country.
Deputy Director General of the Central Environmental Authority, K.H.M. Aarachchi, quoted in local media reports said that they had also informed the Meteorology Department to probe as to what had caused the sudden rise in dust particles in the air since late Tuesday.
On Wednesday, Sri Lanka’s air quality reached cautionary levels as the Air Quality Index hit a 112 by afternoon, reaching far above the normal levels, the National Building and Research Organization said.
Sarath Premasiri, the Senior Scientist at the Environmental Studies Unit of NBRO, said that on Wednesday morning the AQI levels in several parts of the country had reached 173 declining to 165 by noon.
The standard level of AQI is measured at around 50 or below.
Premasiri said the prevailing severe air pollution in New Delhi, India may have been one cause for this but added investigations were ongoing to ascertain all the causes for the unhealthy air pollution prevailing in the island.