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Air pollution level in northwest India remains in “very poor” category

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New Delhi: The Air pollution level in most parts of northwest India on Sunday remains in “very poor” category. Scientists are expecting the air pollution levels to improve marginally after wind speed improved on Saturday.

Vijay Soni, a scientist at India Meteorological Department (IMD) said, “Wind speed is ranging from 8 to 12 kmph which can aid in the dispersion of pollutants. We don’t expect pollution levels to deteriorate further in the next two days. It may marginally improve because our models are showing better ventilation till Monday.”

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On Sunday, IMD informed, “With likely setting in of north-easterly winds in the lower tropospheric levels over the Bay of Bengal and extreme south, peninsular India, the southwest monsoon is likely to withdraw from the entire country around October 28. Simultaneously, the northeast Monsoon rains are also likely to commence over Tamil Nadu, Puducherry, coastal Andhra Pradesh and adjoining areas of Karnataka and Kerala around October 28,” IMD said in its Sunday bulletin.

Ambala, Baghpat, Bahadurgarh, Bhatinda, Bulandshahr, Faridabad, Ghaziabad, Greater Noida and Gurugram were all in “very poor” category. Delhi recorded an air quality index (AQI) of 353, also in the very poor category. Though wind direction continues to be north-westerly, its speed improved marginally on Saturday which didn’t allow pollution levels to deteriorate to “severe” category.

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