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Mumbai: Who says ‘good will’ has died in people! Many organizations have showed up in curing the after effects of acid attacks and burn victims. They have come up with 100 free of cost plastic surgeries for the same.

According to a statement released by Acid Survivors Foundations India on Wednesday, ‘Project Revive’ will gear up in Delhi-NCR from March 1 to March 12. This project has already won fame and name as many victims from Nagaland, Mizoram and Kashmir have stepped forward for their treatment.

ASFI is a leading NGO for prevention of acid burn violence across the country, which is leading the outreach and acid attack victim identification under the project.

As this project works on some sensitive issues of the society, highly qualified and experienced doctors/specialists from an international organization of plastic surgeons and associated professionals will be assigned for the same.

“The campaign has garnered the response from Kenya, UAE, America, Australia and Germany. It is heart-warming to see that Indians living abroad have been calling to cross-check the authenticity of the message and have been referring people,” Megha Mishra, manager, north India of ASFI, told agencies.

“A lot of doctors, army officials, housewives have reached out to us. It is so good to see the society come out and help each other,” she said.

Now working over some stats, as per the reports from Acid Survivors Trust International, out of the 1,500 cases recorded in 2004, around 500 of those cases were from India itself.

About the project, Mishra said, “Pre-screening will be done based on photos received on Whatsapp or email. The patients identified would be requested to report to the hospital starting February 29.”

“Surgeries will be conducted in a planned manner. Post-operative care will be provided at the hospital. Accommodation is being worked out in case the patients require the out-of-hospital stay for a longer time,” she said.

“We don’t end it at just doing surgeries, we go ahead in bringing awareness about the issue at hand. There will be workshops and presentations at various night shelters and slums,” Mishra said.

Adding to this, AFSI says, this acid violence has shot up to three times in the country.

On February 20, three unidentified motorcycle-borne youths attacked tribal rights activist and AAP leader Soni Sori with an acid-like black chemical near a village in Chhattisgarh’s Dantewada district.(Inputs from agencies)

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Dusshera In Delhi Casts A Dark Blanket, Air Quality Worsens

System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting And Research (SAFAR) labelled NCR's air quality as toxic

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Delhi's air quality drastically dipped during Diwali. Wikimedia Commons
Delhi's air quality drastically dipped during Diwali. Wikimedia Commons

The National Capital and the regions around it continue to suffer a “very-poor” air quality on Friday, which according to experts, may worsen due to combined effects of Dussehra and meteorological reasons such as low winds in Delhi.

Between 6pm to 8pm, over 48 areas across the National Capital Region — 36 from Delhi alone — suffered ‘very poor air-quality’ with pollutants registering over four times the national safety standards.

Weather analysts say this may worsen as Delhi currently has very light variable winds with no definite directions, which is likely to help in aggregating the pollutants.

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In New Delhi, levels of the most dangerous particles in the air are sometimes 10 times higher than the safe limit, the survey noted. wikimedia commons

“Delhi has a negligible wind speed and morning temperatures are low. Also, many effigies were burnt across the region on Dussehera. This will push up the pollution levels,” said Mahesh Palawat, director private weather forecasting group, Skymet.

The air-quality was already ‘severe’ at Anand Vihar in east Delhi and Rohini in north Delhi, Bawana in northwest Delhi, Mundaka in West Delhi and Bhiwadi in Rajasthan, acoording to the real-time monitoring taken up around 8pm by Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB).

The average presence of major pollutant PM2.5 or particle with diametre less than 2.5mm, was 129 unit across Delhi-NCR and 133 units in Delhi, which is more than twice the national safe limits. Rohini was the most polluted with PM2.5 concentration at 166 units, about three times the safe limits.

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Air pollution can also damage your kidneys. wikimedia commons

The permissible range or PM2.5 is 60 as per national standards and 25 by the international standards.

At 4pm, the Air Quality Index (AQI) of Delhi was 276 marked ‘poor’ against ‘moderate’ mere 48 hours back.

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Meanwhile, System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting And Research (SAFAR) labelled NCR’s air quality as toxic and recommended keeping relief medicine handy. SAFAR advised everyone to avoid tiring outdoor physical activity. (IANS)