Rains improve Delhi's air quality, People breathes easy after weeks


NEW DELHI: Light rains in parts of the national capital on Thursday morning improved the city's air quality.

As Delhi's air quality improved to the 'moderate' category on Thursday, the people residing in the capital city breathed a sigh of relief.
According to the System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting and Research (SAFAR), the overall air quality of the national stood at 136 at 8.47 am, which falls under the 'moderate' category.
An AQI between 0-50 is considered as “good”, 51-100 as “satisfactory”, 101-200 as “moderate”, 201-300 as “poor”, 301- 400 as “very poor”, and 401-500 as “severe” and an AQI above 500 falls in the 'severe plus' category.
According to the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB), at 9 am, the air quality index (AQI) at Anand Vihar was 170 while in DTU, Delhi the AQI docked at 127.
In Aya Nagar, Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium and Major Dyan Chand National Stadium, the AQI was 119, 118 and 126 respectively.
Even at major traffic junctions of the city such as ITO, Mandir Marg Ashok Vihar, and RK Puram, the AQI was -141, 131, 157 and 106 respectively.
For the past few weeks, people residing in National capital are reeling under the impact of breathing polluted air due to vehicular pollution, crop residue burning and climate change. They are using mask and scarves to cover their nose from the cocktail of dust and smog.
Earlier, the Supreme Court-mandated Environment Pollution (Prevention and Control) Authority had said that local sources of pollution, including stack emissions, dust, and burning of plastic and rubber waste, were the primary reason for deteriorating air quality in Delhi-NCR.
The medical practitioners across the city had advised people, who are suffering from breathing difficulties to avoid outside activities and recommended to use the mask. If anybody experienced unusual coughing, chest discomfort, wheezing or fatigue, then consult the doctor.
They also advised that to drink enough water to avoid dehydration and have fresh fruits and vegetables, which contain antioxidants to boost immunity.

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