Delhi’s air quality deteriorates to ‘poor’

16

New Delhi, Oct 16 | The national capital’s air quality on Saturday touched the ‘poor’ category mark with its Air Quality Index crossing 300, data from the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) revealed.

However, the city’s air quality which usually starts deteriorating at this time to year may take a little longer before it starts dipping to the ‘very poor’ to ‘severe’ category, according to the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD).

“For October 17 and 18, we have prediction of rain,” V.K. Soni, Head of Environment and Research Centre at the IMD, told IANS.

“This year the monsoon was late by 10 days and we had a very good rain in the month of September. So, we had better air quality. Till October 4, we had 33 Air Quality Index after that it started deteriorating. Till yesterday (Friday), it was in ‘moderate’ category and now it is in the ‘poor’ category but the winds will change and we are expecting that the air quality will improve from tonight onwards.

“Till October 18, it will remain in ‘moderate’ category and then again we are expecting that it will deteriorate to ‘poor’ again,” he told IANS.

With the onset of winter and the withdrawal of monsoon in the northwest region of the country, the wind changes direction from easterly to north-westerly. Along with that, as the temperature dips the pollutants are unable to disperse in the upper layer of atmosphere as freely and widely as it does during summer season, leading to high concentration of pollutants in the air.

In addition to the above, Delhi-NCR’s own dust and vehicular pollution; stubble burning in the neighbouring states of Punjab, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan and Haryana; storms carrying dust arrive from Rajasthan and countries such as Pakistan and Afghanistan lead to the high level of toxic pollution in the capital city.

Doctors have said that that worsening air quality and rising level of pollutants in the air lead to an increase in the number and severity of respiratory illness and disorders.

The most vulnerable of all are the elderly and young population.

A research conducted by The Energy and Research Institute (TERI) on over 400 children had found that 75.4 per cent of them complained of breathlessness, 24.2 per cent of itchy eyes, 75.4 per cent regular sneezing or runny nose and 20.9 per cent of having coughs in the morning.

Source: IANS

Next Story

Military chopper crashes in TN Gen Bipin Rawat on board (2nd Ld)

Military chopper crashes in TN Gen Bipin Rawat on board (2nd Ld)

New Delhi, Dec 8 | Military chopper crashes in TN Gen Bipin Rawat on board (2nd Ld). A military chopper crashed in Tamil Nadu’s Coonoor on Wednesday in which Indian’s Chief of Defence Staff General Bipin Rawat was travelling along with others.

The number of casualties are still unknown and local police has ascertained only three rescued and searches are on for others.

Along with General Rawat, his wife Madhulika Rawat, Brigadier L.S. Lidder, Lieutenant Colonel Harjinder Singh, Naik Gursewak Singh, Naik Jitender Kumar, Naik Vivek Kumar, Naik B. Sai Teja, Havaldar Satpal and pilots were travelling in the chopper.

Confirming about General Rawat presence, Indian Air Force tweeted, “An IAF Mi-17V5 helicopter, with CDS Gen Bipin Rawat on board, met with an accident today near Coonoor, Tamil Nadu.”

 K’taka sets target of 30 lakh Covid vaccination for one day

The force said that an inquiry has been ordered to ascertain the cause of the accident.

The rescued suffered serious injuries and have been taken to Wellington cantonment.

Source: IANS

Next Story

Military chopper crashes in TN Gen Bipin Rawat on board (Ld)

Military chopper crashes in TN Gen Bipin Rawat on board (Ld)

New Delhi, Dec 8 | Military chopper crashes in TN Gen Bipin Rawat on board (Ld). A military chopper crashed in Tamil Nadu’s Coonoor on Wednesday in which Indian’s Chief of Defence Staff General Bipin Rawat was travelling along with 14 others.

The number of casualties are still unknown and local police have ascertained only three rescued and searches are on for others.

Emergency rescue teams have been rushed to the spot.

 Military chopper crashes in TN Gen Bipin Rawat on board (2nd Ld)

Confirming about General Rawat’s presence, Indian Air Force said, “An IAF Mi-17V5 helicopter, with CDS Gen Bipin Rawat on board, met with an accident today near Coonoor, Tamil Nadu.”

The force said that an inquiry has been ordered to ascertain the cause of the accident.

The rescued suffered serious injuries and have been taken to Wellington cantonment.

Source: IANS

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here