Severe dust storm in western India worsens air quality in Delhi NCR

Several parts of western India are facing the severe dust storm for the last few days and the conditions are likely to persist till Friday as per the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB).

Around 778 areas in Delhi-NCR and 824 areas alone in Delhi are facing the hazy and dusty storm throughout the day with limited visibility conditions. The CPCB data showed PM10 level are going to its worst level for the last 2-3 days due to the thick cloud of dust storm.

Gufran Beig, a scientist at the weather forecasting and research institute talked about the deteriorating conditions in Delhi-NCR.

He said, “There was a ground-level dust storm in the western part of the country that increased drastically coarser particles in the air, causing a spike in pollution levels in Delhi-NCR”.

But the air quality will soon be improve later today.

He further added, “Such dust storms accompanied by high speed winds (30-40 kmph) do not last too long due to which the air quality will return to normal by this evening”.

Most of the Delhi and the adjoining areas have cross the risky level with Air quality index of 500 mark as Anand Vihar recording an AQI of 891. Others areas like DTU has an AQI of 892, Satyawati College-812, Rohini- 787 and DITE Okhla-741 thus bringing the overall figures to more than worst.

An urgent meeting of the Task Force has been called by the CPCB and implementation of Graded Response Action Plan (GRAP) will be issued today with necessary directions to control dust storm.

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