Air quality in India capital hits 8 months less | The Express Tribune
New Delhi awoke on Saturday under a poisonous haze, as air quality in the Indian capital reached an eight-month low.
The Air Quality Index (AQI) has crossed 350 since Thursday, hovering between “very poor” and “severe”.
The city enjoyed relatively clean air over the past eight months as industrial activity stalled due to the Kovid-19 lockdown.
However, the drop in temperature, the resumption of industrial operations and the stump burning by farmers after the harvest season has raised the level of pollution to alarming levels.
According to the Meteorological Department, conditions are likely to remain persistent, with maximum wind speeds ranging between 6.2-7.4 mph in New Delhi from Friday to Saturday morning.
Wind speeds below 7.4 mph are unfavorable for the spread of pollutants.
With India’s Kovid-19 case count now over 7.4 million, there are growing fears that deteriorating air quality will worsen the current public health crisis.