RAIN Improves Delhi’s Air Quality: Throws Normal Life Out Of Gear

AS Delhi’s air quality turned “good” on Friday, The River Jamuna crossed the danger level and in neighbouring Uttar Pradesh 50 persons have lost lives in rain related mishaps.  Capital’s air quality is attributed to incessant rains causing water logging in several places. Experts say rains washed away the pollutants in the air. The Air Quality Index of New Delhi was recorded at 43 which falls under the “good” category, Gufran Beig, a scientist at the Centre-run System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting and Research institute (SAFAR), said. An AQI in the range of 0-50 is considered “Good”, 51-100 “Satisfactory”, 101-200 “Moderate”, 201-300 “Poor”, 301-400 “Very Poor” and 401-500 “Severe”. The PM10 level (presence of particles with diameter less than 10mm) was recorded as “good” at 39 in Delhi-NCR and 32 in Delhi. The PM2.5 level (presence of particles with diameter less than 2.5 mm) was 39 in Delhi-NCR and 21 in Delhi today, according to the Central Pollution Control Board data.Beig said the monsoon had led to a flow of clean moisture-laden winds into the city that was cleansing the air. Delhiites breathed “good” quality air for the first time this year. There was a dip in the air quality on June 13 due to dust storms in western India that pushed the pollution level to “severe plus”, bringing to light that emergency-level pollution could be a “summer-time problem”.

Meanwhile, 50 people have lost their lives in rain-related incidents in Uttar Pradesh , a spokesperson of the Relief Commissioner’s Office said While six deaths each have been reported from Agra and Meerut, four have died in Mainpuri, three in Kasganj, two each in Bareilly, Baghpat and Bulandshahr and one each in Kanpur Dehat, Mathura, Ghaziabad, Hapur, Rae Bareli, Jalaun, Jaunpur, Pratapgarh, Banda, Firozabad, Amethi, Kanpur and Muzaffarnagar, he said.The Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has directed senior officials of all districts to alert people and asked them to undertake extensive tours in the affected areas and identify dilapidated buildings, and get them vacated, a government spokesperson said in Lucknow. Directives have also been issued to extend prompt monetary assistance to those who have been severely affected by rains and also provide medical treatment to those who require it, he said. Release of water into the Jamuna river from Haryana’s Hathnikund Barrage due to continued rains has increased the water level in Delhi on Saturday. Arrangement on a war footing has been undertaken to evacuate people residing in low-lying areas. The Yamuna River’s water level in Delhi crossed the warning mark of 204.83 metres by 10 a.m., an official said.”At 10 a.m. the water level increased to 205.06 metres,” an official from Irrigation and Flood Control Department told IANS on Saturday. The official said the “water level will increase further” but there is “no danger” right now.  The current water level is 0.23 metres more than the danger mark. At 9 a.m., Haryana discharged more than 2,11,874 cusecs of water from Hathnikund barrage — which is used for drinking purposes in Delhi — and more water will be released later, the official said.(with Indian Express inputs)



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