At the same time, the Meteorological Department has predicted rain on November 7 and 8 in Punjab, Haryana, Rajasthan and Delhi under the influence of cyclone ‘Maha’ and fresh western disturbances. According to him, there will be light rain but it will be important in terms of reducing the impact of burning stubble and also removing pollutants.
Improved air from rain and strong wind
There was a slight improvement in Delhi’s pollution level due to the faster wind speed as compared to Friday. On Saturday, the Air Quality Index improved from a critical level to a very poor level. In Delhi it has come down to 399. Also seen in Ghaziabad, Noida, Greater Noida, Faridabad and Gurugram. Apart from Delhi in the evening, light rain in Noida, Greater Noida, Ghaziabad gave relief to the people from pollution.
School closed till 5th November
Earlier on Saturday morning, people got some respite from a blanket of toxic smog that enveloped the country’s capital and nearby cities and the Air Quality Index (AQI) stood at 407 but it is still in the ‘severe’ category. The AQI was 484 at 4 pm on Friday. In view of the increasing outbreak of pollution in the national capital, the government has already announced the closure of all schools till November 5. At the same time, till November 5, all types of construction works have also been banned.
Strong winds likely from Sunday
The Environment Pollution (Prevention and Control) Authority (EPCA) has also declared a public health emergency in Delhi-NCR. There is also a ban on bursting of crackers in complete cold. According to the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB), the AQI in Ghaziabad and Greater Noida of the National Capital Region (NCR) stood at 459 and 452 respectively at 10 am. It was 496 yesterday at 4 pm on Friday. Meteorologists said that there is a slight improvement in the wind speed and it may increase gradually. Winds are likely to reach 20-25 kmph in this area from Sunday to Tuesday.
the number of patients increased
At the same time, amidst increasing air pollution in Delhi-NCR, the number of respiratory patients in hospitals has also started increasing. In most of the government and private hospitals of Delhi-NCR, the number of respiratory patients has increased tremendously in the last three-four days. In view of the increasing number of respiratory patients, many private hospitals in Delhi have increased OPD timings. The Health Department of the Delhi Government has also issued a special advisory to all the government hospitals in Delhi for respiratory patients. In view of the dangerous level of air, the number of respiratory patients in various hospitals of Delhi has increased by 25 to 30 percent as compared to earlier.