Daily News: Delhi’s air quality remained in ‘severe’ category on Sunday because of the large influx of stubble-related pollutants, apparently from much higher effective fire count, authorities said.
According to the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) data, the city’s air quality index (AQI) stood at 416 (severe) at 8 pm.
Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal also tweeted about the air pollution situation and shared data. “Nov 7 – AQI – 428 (401 to 500 – Severe) PM10 – 450 (Above 430 – Severe) PM2.5 – 309 (Above 250 – Severe),” he tweeted.
Strong surface winds had slightly improved Delhi’s air quality on Saturday but it had remained in the ‘severe’ category as the contribution of farm fires in the city’s PM2.5 pollution had reached the season’s highest of 41 per cent. (PTI)
Meanwhile, Delhi recorded 47 new Covid-19 cases and zero daily deaths due to the disease on Sunday, while the positivity rate stood at 0.11 per cent, data shared by the health department showed. The number of cumulative cases now stands at 14,40,118. Over 14.14 lakh patients have recovered from the infection so far. The death toll due to the coronavirus infection in Delhi stands at 25,091. The national capital has not reported any fatality due to Covid-19 so far this month
In other news, with ammonia levels having risen in the Yamuna River, water supply across several areas in the city has been disrupted, according to the Delhi Jal Board (DJB). Treatment and pumping of water from five out of eight treatment plants in the city have been affected, resulting in a massive disruption of supply. These are the Sonia Vihar, Bhagirathi, Wazirabad, Chandrawal and Okhla water treatment plants.