Delhi had seen very high levels of Pollution around November 3, making the air quality hazardous, wherein it was hard for people to even take a breath. Now, since yesterday, Pollution levels have once again soared leaving Delhiites to choke once again. Most places are observing pollution levels in the hazardous category.
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In fact, talking about today, the worst sufferer is Faridabad with AQI at 680 in Sector 2. The AQI levels have soared even beyond the 500 mark in Gurugram with 589 at Sector 45, 575 at Sector 30, 565 at Sector 18. In Delhi, Yamuna Vihar has been the worst sufferer at 605, New Delhi Railway Station at 579, Ashok Vihar 521, Pashchim Vihar 528.
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Pollution has been on an increase since the last 48 hours as the winds remained light. Wind speed has remained light in order of 7-10 kmph. These northwesterly/westerly winds have been able to carry the smoke from stubble burning in Punjab and Haryana.
After November 8, there has been gradual increase in farm fires which has further added to the woes of Delhiites. On November 10, stubble burning count was more than 6000. Thus, with stubble burning being at peak, and light winds not being able to blow away the local pollutants from Delhi, Pollution levels will only see an increase further.
On and off Western Disturbances have been affecting the Western Himalayas and will continue doing so through the week, which are further not allowing moderate winds to blow over the plains of Northwest India.
Relief in sight is only expected after November 15, when there will be a gap in the approach of Western Disturbance which will further allow winds at the speed of 15-20 kmph to blow over the region. Thus, it will be then when pollutants will be blown away and residents will heave a sigh of relief. Until then, stay cautious and safe
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