Delhi AQI to remain severe for next two days

  • | Thursday | 8th November, 2018

NEW DELHI: The air quality in Delhi is expected to remain in the "severe" category over the next two days as the smoke emitted by fire crackers has slowed down the process of pollutant dispersion, a report by a government-run agency said Thursday. This air will seriously affect those with ailments, according to the advisory issued by SAFAR.A new SAFAR report said the severe conditions would prevail for the next two days. They said they were continuously patrolling the areas to check for violations. "Even if 50 per cent of the total load of toxic fire crackers as compared to Diwali-2017 is added, the prevailing weather conditions will aggravate the high smoke level and make air quality to persist in SEVERE range for at least 2 day (8-9 Nov 2018)," the SAFAR said in its report. "This scenario is likely to hold the locally generated crackers emissions within the NCT, slowing down the dispersion, resulting in increased levels of PM2.5 and PM10 pollution," it added.The widespread burning of firecrackers in neighbouring states of Delhi is also adding to the pollution woes of the national capital apart from stubble burning, the agency said.

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