Categories: Air Pollution

Dust storm in India: What to Do and What not to Do?

Dust Storm in India has really hiked in the last 2 years. The range of AQI (Air Quality Index) can be seen fluctuating between unhealthy and hazardous air quality in the month of May and thereof. 

Last year, in May 2018, northern India suffered great loss with dust storm taking place in major states covering Uttar Pradesh, Delhi, Haryana, and Rajasthan. Over 100’s of people lost their lives in the massive dust storm.

Dust storms over North India during 2–3 May 2018 in Uttar Pradesh, and Rajasthan.

What causes a Dust Storm in India?

A dust storm is a meteorological phenomenon common in arid and semi-arid regions. Dust storms arise when a gust front or other strong wind blows loose sand and dirt from a dry surface. Fine particles are transported by saltation and suspension, a process that moves soil from one place and deposits it in another.

In the time of sandstorm – What to Do?

  1. Close the doors and windows.
  2. Draw the curtains of your room.
  3. Install air purifier.
  4. Check temperature and humidity of your indoor premises.
  5. Stay indoors to avoid breathing unhealthy air particles.
  6. Stay hydrated and always carry enough supply of drinking water during high pollution alert.
  7. Wear-protected gear such as pollution mask, airtight goggles during sandstorm season.
  8. Cover your face, especially nose and mouth using a damp cloth when indoors.
  9. Wait for the storm to stop.
  10. Apply petroleum jelly to the inside of your nostrils to prevent dust particles to get inside.

What to keep in mind when During dust storm in India takes over your state/city?

  1. Do not overrule the storm warnings beforehand.
  2. Do not expose yourself or your kids to this alarming weather.
  3. Avoid getting outdoors during a heavy storm.
  4. Avoid driving during a dust storm.
  5. If you encounter sandstorm, do not turn off the engine of your vehicle all of sudden.
  6. Do not drive during poor visibility, it may cause danger to your life.
  7. Avoid rubbing your eyes in order to prevent eye infection.
  8. Do not use hazard lights, unless you have parked your car in the safe zone. 
  9. During a heavy sandstorm, sharp objects can fly – find shelter and don’t forget to cover your head.
  10. Do not put the air conditioning in your car directly on to your face and in a very cool mode as the chances of you directly inhaling fine dust particles are very high.

[WATCH] How Massive dust storm in India sweeps through the northern Indian state of Rajasthan. 

Check AQI (Air Quality Index) of your location on www.aqi.in or download our app to know real-time air quality information. 

Deepshikha Deb

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