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Delhi Won't Get Relief From Pollution Till November 7-8 as Wind Direction Remains Unchanged: IMD

Despite there being a slight increase in wind speed on Saturday, an IMD official said the winds have largely been 'negligible'.


Updated:November 2, 2019, 6:31 PM IST
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Delhi Won't Get Relief From Pollution Till November 7-8 as Wind Direction Remains Unchanged: IMD
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New Delhi: Delhi will not get relief until November 7-8 from the continuing air pollution that has enveloped the city in thick smog, officials of the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) said on Saturday.

Although there was a slight increase in wind speed on Saturday as well as reports of scattered rain in a few parts of the city, an IMD official said the winds have largely been "negligible".

"The wind direction is slated to change from November 6 and at that point there could be some rainfall as well. The city will see some improvement at the time," the official said.

The weather department also said that on November 4, the wind movement will speed up to 10-20 km per hour.

The air quality in Delhi on Saturday remained in the 'severe' category as the city’s overall Air Quality Index (AQI) stood at 407. This was an improvement from the previous day, which registered an AQI at over 500 across several parts, prompting the Supreme Court-appointed Environment Pollutional (Prevention and Control) Authority (EPCA) to declare a public health emergency.

Pointing out that Delhi has become a gas chamber, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal announced that schools in the capital will be close until November 5.

A key reason in the spike in air pollution, which turned the capital's already bad air into the present public health emergency, was the rise in incidence of stubble burning in adjacent states, officials said.

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