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Air quality in Delhi remains very poor

The air quality in the national capital remained ‘very poor’ on Friday as the overall air quality index on settled at 360, according to CPCB data with Rohini being the most-polluted area with an AQI of 416, followed by Bawana (411).

Kuldeep Srivastava of the India Meteorological Department-Delhi said that things are expected to get better from November 23 because of an expected increase in wind speed.

“Winds will start blowing at 15 to 20 km/h from November 23 onwards. Also, due to a western disturbance in Jammu and Kashmir, light rainfall is expected in the capital on November 26. All of this will help in the dispersion of the pollutants that have accumulated over Delhi NCR,” said Kuldeep Srivastava.

Srivastava added that the shallow fog being witnessed in the Capital is adding to the worsening air quality. However, things are expected improve slightly over the next fews days.

Meanwhile, stubble burning remains one of the primary reasons behind the worsening air quality in Delhi-NCR. India Today’s Data Intelligence Unit analysed the pollution statistics of the national capital from October 20 to November 21 and found out that the city’s air was so toxic that on average each resident inhaled smoke equivalent to puffing about 340 cigarettes.


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