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Weather forecast today: Air quality continues to remain severe in Delhi-NCR

Weather forecast Today: The air quality in the national capital stood at 470 at 9 am, as per the System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting And Research.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: November 15, 2019 8:37:18 am
Delhi pollution, delhi weaather today, delhi news, Delhi air quality, Delhi air pollution, Delhi smog, air quality Delhi, Delhi pollution levels, SAFAR, Delhi air quality index, Delhi AQI, Delhi news, city news, Indian Express The whole Delhi-NCR region woke up to yet another smoggy morning on Thursday with AQI levels touching “severe” levels.

Weather forecast Today: There was no respite from severe air quality in Delhi-NCR as the region continued to be shrouded by a thick layer of toxic smog. Schools in the Delhi-NCR region remained closed as per the direction of the authorities Wednesday night. Yesterday, the EPCA (Environment Pollution Control Authority ) had recommended closure of the schools citing hazardous air quality.

The region woke up to yet another smoggy morning on Thursday with AQI levels touching “severe” levels. The air quality in the national capital stood at 470 at 9 am, as per the System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting And Research (SAFAR). As per Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) data, Faridabad recorded AQI at 441, Ghaziabad at 481, Greater Noida 469, Gurugram 427 while Noida at 474 till 9.30 on Thursday morning.

According to weather experts, a fall in temperature and wind speed has led to the accumulation of pollutants. The problems were further compounded by a cloud cover that blocked sunlight. All government and private schools in NCR have been shut down for two days on Thursday and Friday.

Meanwhile, the IMD has forecast heavy rainfall at isolated places across West Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu, Puducherry and Karaikal region, Kerala and Mahe. Jammu and Kashmir is likely to receive heavy rain or snow at isolated places today.

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    17:23 (IST)14 Nov 2019
    Air quality continues to remain severe in Delhi-NCR

    Air quality in the national capital remained in the severe category on Thursday as the Delhi-NCR region continued to be shrouded by a thick layer of toxic smog. Schools in the Delhi-NCR region remained closed as per the direction of the authorities Wednesday night. The closure of the schools was recommended by the Environment Pollution Control Authority (EPCA) citing hazardous air quality. Several students, who remained confined indoors, chose not to celebrate Children's Day on Thursday. Many students wrote letters to the prime minister urging him to take measures to ensure clean air for them. "I used to enjoy soccer earlier but now I can only enjoy it on TV. I cannot play outside because the air is too toxic to breathe in," a student, Ishan Mahant, said in the letter. PTI

    16:04 (IST)14 Nov 2019
    Air pollution is hazardous for animals too

    Not only humans but animals too are affected by air pollution levels which can adversely affect their lungs, trigger asthma and cause chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Air pollution also increases risk of acute cardiovascular events and development of coronary artery disease in animals. Several cases of fauna being affected by the toxic pollution have been reported across city’s veterinary hospitals.

    Studies show that domesticated, ‘indoor’ animals have an increased risk of tumours when exposed to polluted air over an extended period of time, and the same is no doubt true of animals who live and sleep outdoors, like monkeys and community cats and dogs. Working animals such as bullocks, donkeys, horses, camels, and other species are highly affected by air pollution, since they’re on the road throughout the day, inhaling the polluted air emitted from the vehicles that surround them. Particulate matter in the air has been linked to cardiac arrest in animals, and veterinarians sometimes attribute those deaths to the effects of air pollution. Read More

    16:00 (IST)14 Nov 2019

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    15:59 (IST)14 Nov 2019
    APP govt conspicuously silent on this "grave health emergency": Cong

    As pollution reached 'emergency levels' in the national capital, Congress slammed the AAP government in Delhi for the toxic air saying they remain "conspicuously silent" on the current situation.

    15:26 (IST)14 Nov 2019
    Vijay Goel protests against Kejriwal govt's odd-even scheme, terms move political

    BJP leader and Rajya Sabha MP Vijay Goel on Thursday staged a fresh protest against the odd-even vehicle rationing scheme, saying Delhi has become a "gas chamber" despite its implementation. Goel, who had last week violated the odd-even rule and fined Rs 4000, was joined by his supporters who carried placards that read 'Pradushan Ki Jimmedar Kejriwal Sarkar, Odd-Even Hai Bekar' (Kejriwal government responsible for pollution, odd-even is useless), at the ITO crossing. "Despite implementation of the odd-even scheme, Delhi has turned into a gas chamber. Who will Arvind Kejriwal now blame for it as crop stubble burning is not there and Diwali can also not be held responsible for it," Goel said. PTI

    13:46 (IST)14 Nov 2019
    Fog to envelope north India till Tuesday: IMD

    The IMD has predicted that shallow to moderate fog will envelope north Indian states till Tuesday, November 19. States in the northeast, including Assam, Meghalaya, Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram and Tripura, will see "moderate to dense fog" for the next 24 hours. 

    13:35 (IST)14 Nov 2019
    Patna floods: Following deluge, authorities begin massive drive to clear drains

    Having come under heavy criticism from the public and pulled up by Patna High Court for the severe waterlogging in the state capital in late-September and early-October, a combined team of the district administration, Patna Municipal Corporation and road construction department on Wednesday launched a massive anti-encroachment campaign on nine of the city’s main drains. Read Santosh Singh's report here.

    13:27 (IST)14 Nov 2019
    IMDs forecast for November 15

    * Heavy rain/snow very likely at isolated places over Jammu & Kashmir and Himachal Pradesh.

    * Thunderstorm accompanied with lightning very likely at isolated places over Jammu & Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, West Rajasthan and Tamilnadu, Puducherry & Karaikal.

    13:22 (IST)14 Nov 2019
    Chennai pollution: AQI back to ‘good’

    After thick haze prevailed in Chennai last week, the AQI is back to "good" category. As per the CPCB data, AQI in Chennai is 45. As per sources from Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board (TNPCB), the imbalances caused due to the break in the northeast monsoon, the formation of cyclone Maha in the Arabian Sea and the movement of a new cyclone from the Andaman and Nicobar islands towards the Bay of Bengal coast were responsible for smog formation in the city last week.

    10:57 (IST)14 Nov 2019
    Heavy rains likely in Tamil Nadu today

    The Indian Meteorological Department has predicted heavy rainfall at isolated places over Tamil Nadu, Puducherry and Karaikal. Thunderstorm accompanied by lightning is also very likely at isolated places over Tamil Nadu. On Wednesday, scattered rains were observed at isolated places in the state.

    10:50 (IST)14 Nov 2019
    Jammu and Kashmir: After snowfall, power supply still affected, fruit industry hit

    Jammu and Kashmir Lt Governor G C Murmu held a review meeting in Jammu after heavy snowfall, which occurred on November 6-7 in the region, disrupted normal life in the region. On Tuesday evening, Power Development Department officials in Srinagar said that power supply has been restored in North Kashmir. Hashmat Qazi, Chief Engineer (Kashmir) of the department told The Indian Express that the snowfall had damaged 4,000-5,000 electricity poles and the department has replaced 2,500 poles so far. Read more here

    10:30 (IST)14 Nov 2019
    Yellow weather warning for rain, snowfall issued in Himachal
    Tourists take a stroll at the Ridge in Shimla on Wednesday. (Express photo: Pradeep Kumar)

    The Meteorological Centre forecast rain in lower and middle hills in Himachal Pradesh and snowfall in higher hills from Thursday to Friday. It, however, issued yellow warning for the middle and higher hills for Friday only. Meanwhile, tribal district Lahaul and Spiti's administrative centre Keylong continued to be the coldest place with the lowest temperature of minus 0.3 degrees Celsius on Wednesday, MeT Centre Director Manmohan Singh said. (PTI)

    10:27 (IST)14 Nov 2019
    Might extend odd-even scheme in Delhi beyond Nov 15 if required: CM Arvind Kejriwal

    In a statement released Wednesday, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal appealed to the Opposition parties not to oppose odd-even scheme, which aims to reduce pollution by allowing only half of privately owned cars on the roads on any given day. “All of Delhi is demanding odd-even and at such a time, the Opposition should support the people’s wish,” the CM said. Read more here

    10:20 (IST)14 Nov 2019
    Smog covers Delhi sky as air quality deteriorates

    A layer of smog covers the sky in the national capital, as the air quality deteriorates. The Air Quality Index (AQI) data at ITO observatory area was recorded at 474 (Severe). 



    Visuals from Rajpath (ANI)

    10:02 (IST)14 Nov 2019
    Climate change set to undo health gains, to affect kids most: Lancet study

    As temperatures rise, infants will be vulnerable to malnutrition and rising food prices. The study said average yield potential of maize and rice has declined almost 2 per cent in India since the 1960s, and malnutrition is already responsible for two-thirds of under-5 deaths. Children will be among the worst sufferers from the rise in infectious diseases, the study said, pointing out that cholera is rising 3 per cent a year in India since the early 1980s with climatic suitability for Vibrio bacteria, which cause the disease. Read more here

    09:34 (IST)14 Nov 2019
    IMD weather forecast for November 14

    * Heavy rain/snow very likely at isolated places over Jammu and Kashmir and Heavy rainfall at isolated places over Tamil Nadu, Puducherry and Karaikal.

    * Thunderstorm accompanied with lightning and hail very likely at isolated places over Jammu and Kashmir and Thunderstorm accompanied with lightning at isolated places over West Rajasthan, Tamilnadu, Puducherry and Karaikal and Kerala & Mahe.

    * Moderate to Dense Fog very likely in isolated pockets over Assam & Meghalaya and Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram and Tripura.

    09:32 (IST)14 Nov 2019

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    delhi pollution, delhi government, hydrogen testing for pollution, delhi air quality, delhi city news There was a spike in pollution levels on Wednesday. All Delhi-NCR schools will remain shut for Nov 14 & 15. (Express photo by Prem Nath Pandey)

    Taking note of severe air pollution, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said the odd-even road-rationing scheme could be extended beyond November 15 if required. He blamed the rise in pollution on crop residue burning in neighbouring states of Punjab and Haryana.

    Meanwhile, pollution control bodies had stated that the situation was being closely monitored and further action would be taken if air quality dips to ‘Severe+’ or ‘Emergency’ category.

    Also, the Environment Pollution Prevention And Control Authority (EPCA) asked industries not running on clean fuel to remain shut till November 15.