Delhi covered by layer of dust for 3rd day, conditions to remain for 3-4 days
Delhi lies covered under a layer of dust on Wednesday. Photograph: (PTI)
The Delhi-NCR region continued to be covered by a layer of dust for the third day running, with pollution levels worse than severe on the air quality index.
An AQI between 0-50 is considered "Good", 51-100 "Satisfactory", 101-200 "Moderate", 201-300 "Poor", 301-400 "Very Poor", and 401-500 "Severe".
According to the CPCB, the air quality index - a measurement of the concentration of toxic particulate matter in the air - at several places in Delhi remained beyond the 500-mark, with east Delhi's Anand Vihar area recording a PM10 level of 929 and PM2.5 level of 301 this morning.
The dust currently hovering over the capital is being blamed on dust storms originating in Rajasthan. The dust makes the summer heat worse in Delhi because it stops warm air from escaping.
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he PM10 level (presence of particles with diameter less than 10mm) was beyond severe at 796 in Delhi-NCR and 830 in Delhi particularly, leading to hazy conditions.
The environment ministry has said the current conditions will continue for another 3-4 days.
News reports quoted CPCB members as saying people should stay indoors while the current conditions prevail.
The environment ministry meanwhile has alerted construction agencies, municipal corporations and Delhi Pollution Control Committee to ensure water sprinkling.
(With inputs from PTI)