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Delhi air quality drops in the morning Diwali, Most Polluted City, Index shows


Delhi air quality worsens this morning in Diwali, data shows

New Delhi:

Delhi is the most polluted major city in the world, according to the Air Quality Index, or AQI, measured by Switzerland. IQAir. Next is Lahore of Pakistan.

The World AQI The website shows that India is in second place after Qatar as the country with the most polluted cities. This index also includes Delhi.

However, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal tweeted that Delhi is not on the list of 10 most polluted cities in Asia, of which 8 are from India.

SAFAR data shows the rate of stubble burning in Delhi is 2-3%, less than 15% recorded last year at this time. But the data also shows that the number of fires is gradually increasing and is on par with the number of fires last year at this time (more than 1,500). SAFAR is an acronym for System for Air Quality and Weather Research and Forecasting.

PM2.5 pollution levels are currently close to 400 micrograms/cubic meter close to Greater Kailash in south Delhi. That’s 80 times the World Health Organization’s safe limit of 5 micrograms (annual average).

India’s Press Trust news agency reported that Delhi’s air quality inched close to “very poor” this morning as adverse meteorological conditions allowed the accumulation of pollutants while emissions from firecrackers exploded. and crop residues exacerbated the situation.

Delhi’s AQI stands at 298 at 6am today. An AQI between 0 and 50 is considered “good”, 51 and 100 “satisfactory”, 101 and 200 “moderate”, 201 and 300 “poor”, 301 and 400 “very poor”, and 401 and 500 “severe” “.

Yesterday, the national capital reported a 24-hour average AQI of 259, the lowest level on the day before Diwali in seven years.

But pollution levels rose overnight after temperatures and wind speeds dropped and people set off firecrackers in some parts of Delhi.

The number of farm fires rose to 1,318, the highest this season so far, PTI reported.

Delhi has banned the production, possession, sale and lighting of firecrackers on this Diwali holiday. Those caught violating the ban will be fined and jailed for six months.

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