Air pollution reaches dangerously high levels in Delhi


New Delhi: The national capital, Delhi is suffocating, as air pollution has reached dangerously high levels following dense smog and the AQI registering 461.

SAFAR said several areas in the national capital including Delhi University, Pusa Road, Lodhi Road, Mathura Road, IIT-Delhi and Indira Gandhi International Airport (Terminal-3) recorded air quality in the severe category with an AQI of 420, 430, 424, 521, 416, 424 respectively.

While 300-400 is considered as ‘very poor’, levels between 401-500 fall under the ‘hazardous’ category.

SAFAR has predicted that surface winds are calm and the minimum temperature is likely to fall further. The AQI is forecast to deteriorate rapidly in next 3 days.

SAFAR forecast reveals that AQI will be in the higher end of very poor to severe category on Friday and then will enter in severe category for 16-17 January.

The air quality in the NCR was no different from the rest of Delhi. Gurugram and Noida registered air quality in the ‘very poor’ and severe category with an AQI of 384 and 416 respectively on Friday.

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