‘Severe’ Air Pollution In Delhi, Visibility Reduced To 200 Metres

The Logical Indian

November 7th, 2017

Pollution

Courtesy: Outlook, Hindustan Times | Image Credit: ANI

Delhi woke up to a cold foggy morning today, November 7, with visibility rate dropping to 200 metres at 8.30am. Twitter was flooded with images of the fog:







The Air Quality Index (AQI) in East Delhi`s Dilshad Garden was 420, whereas it was 319 in Anand Vihar. The air quality in Dwarka and NCR also hovered between 400-420. But the pollution was recorded highest in Punjabi Bagh with AQI 999 and 852 in RK Puram.



AQI 999 is the highest the machines can read. This is the worst pollution day recorded in Delhi for the season so far.

The low visibility severely affected traffic, however, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said it was due to fog and not smog, adding that temperatures had dropped to 17 degrees Celsius early today, reported Hindustan Times.

The Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) said high moisture level in the air has trapped emissions from local sources and hanging low over the city in the absence of wind.  “Total calm conditions, marked by the complete absence of wind has led to the situation. The moisture has trapped emissions from ground-level sources,” Dipankar Saha, CPCB’s air lab chief, said, reported Outlook.

The poor air quality in Delhi and NCR region can also be attributed to winds coming in from Punjab and Haryana where stubble burning continues unabated.

While CPCB recorded ‘very poor’ air quality in Delhi, the condition was ‘severe’ in neighbouring Noida and Ghaziabad.

The real-time pollution monitors displayed alarmingly high concentration of PM2.5 and PM10, which are ultrafine particulates having the ability to enter the respiratory system and subsequently the bloodstream of humans and animals, causing harm, reported Outlook.

Delhi Metro Half Marathon title sponsor Airtel hinted at discontinuing its decade-long alliance with the Delhi Half Marathon in the future if the rising concerns of air pollution in the capital are not immediately addressed.

The Indian Medical Association (IMA) declared Delhi in ‘Public Health Emergency State’ and recommended that schools should be shut and people should refrain from stepping out.



Furthermore, more than 20 flights have been delayed or affected due to the fog at the Indira Gandhi International Airport.



The Logical Indian community urges Delhiites to take precautionary measures. Air pollution masks should be worn by all motorists and pedestrians and those with asthmatic conditions should refrain from stepping out.

Share your thoughts..

Related Stories

smog

While Delhi Continues To Choke, Environment Minister Says, Smog Is Not Like Bhopal Gas Tragedy, No Need To Panic

odd-even

Odd-Even Plan To Be Reintroduced Next Week In Delhi As Pollution Level Soars Up

Diwali Bhiwadi Rajasthan

Bhiwadi In Rajasthan Most Polluted On Diwali, Know The Other Cities In The List

Delhi: Carcinogenic Particulate Matter 70 Times Smaller Than Human Hair Found In The Air

Not One City In North India Qualifies As A Clean Air City By WHO Standards: Greenpeace Report

Pollution In India

Pollution In India Deadlier Than Of China, Says Study

Latest on The Logical Indian

Get Inspired

Karnataka Auto Driver Turns His Auto Into An Ambulance At Night, Gives Free Rides To The Needy

News

Bengaluru: Shia Muslim Group Attacked India Today’s Office Over Aaj Tak TV Anchor Rohit Sardana’s Comment

News

President Gives Nod To New Amendment Of Insolvency And Bankruptcy Code

News

Lucknow: Medical College Directed By SC To Pay Rs. 10 Lakh To Students Who Were Illegally Admitted

News

Nitin Gadkari’s Private Secretary’s Firm Received Govt Aid In Violation Of Civil Services Rule

Awareness

Google Can Track Android Users Even As Their Location Services Are Turned Off: Quartz Report