Thursday, November 30, 2023

Delhi AQI still ‘severe’, forecast says ‘stubble burning’ contributed major share

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Friday morning saw an increase in the city’s overall Air Quality Index (AQI), which now stands at 472. As a result, Delhi’s air quality remained in the “severe” category. According to data released by SAFAR (System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting And Research) India, Gurugram’s AQI stood at 539 and continued to be in the “severe” category, while Noida’s AQI, which is a part of the national capital region, recorded an AQI of 562, and continued to be in that category.

When the Air Quality Index is between 0 and 100, it is excellent; when it is between 100 and 200, it is moderate; when it is between 200 and 300, it is bad; when it is between 300 and 400, it is very poor; and when it is between 400 and 500 or above, it is severe.

On Thursday, residents of Delhi and the National Capital Region (NCR) complained of choking and “eye burning” as a result of haze and air pollution, which left many gasping for oxygen.

North Delhi had the worst air quality, with nearly every station in the area reporting an AQI of 400 or above.

With the exception of a handful, including Mandir Marg in downtown Delhi, the majority of stations in the city have an AQI above 300.

The projection, however, anticipates that the state of the air quality in Delhi and the surrounding areas will continue to deteriorate and expects recovery from November 5. “Due to an upper-level wind reversal that will prevent the inflow of stubble-related pollutants, the air quality is predicted to remain within the “Severe” range today and improve to the “lower end of Severe” tomorrow. Starting on the fifth, the air quality is predicted to further improve to “Very Poor.” Pollutants may be dispersed on November 5 due to a higher surface wind speed “a press statement stated.

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