Scientists warn about poor air quality in northwestern India

NEW DELHI/AHMEDABAD: High Level Scientists From The Indian Institute Of Tropical Meteorology Have Affirmed That The Most Part Of Northwest India, Including North, Rajasthan, Parts Of Haryana And Delhi, Will Be Shrouded In A Dust Storm From Wednesday At Night.

Dr. Gufran Beig, Project Director Of SAFAR At IITM, Said:" As The Dust Storm Is Now Stopped In Delhi And Combined With The Local Dust Removal, Greater Deterioration Is Expected For Today And Tomorrow. It Is Predicted That The Quality Of The Air Will Fall In The Category" Severe" Late At Night And Will Continue To Be Until May 10," He Said.

Beig Said That The" Origin Of The Current Episode" Is An Extended Dust From The Arid Western Region Of Rajasthan, Due To The High Temperatures And The Favorable Velocity Of The Wind." The Greater Part Of The Northwest Region Will Have A Very Poor Or Serious Air Quality Over The Next Two Days (until May 10). After That, Delhi Air Quality Is Expected To Improve Due To An Electrical Storm." Occasional Episodes Of Sudden Dust Peaks In Delhi-Isolated Places Can Not Be Discarded," He Said.

The Delhi Air Quality Down To" Very Poor" On Wednesday And Is Expected To Deteriorate Even More In The" Severe" Category Due To The Powder Storm, Said The Air Quality Control And Prediction And Research System (SAFAR , By Its Acronyms In English) Of The Center.

According To SAFAR, The Air Quality Index (AQI) Was At 341 In Delhi On Wednesday, Which Falls Into The" Very Poor" Category. An AQI Between 0 And 50 Is Considered" Good" , 51 And 100" Satisfactory" , 101 And 200" Moderate" , 201 And 300" Poor" , 301 And 400" Very Poor" , And 401 And 500" Severe" . According To The Central Pollution Control Board (CPPC), The AQI In The National Capital Was 339.