Smog engulfs Mumbai, pollution rises
The city woke up to a smoggy morning on Thursday, with the weather conditions and a fire at the Deonar dumping ground leading to rise in the pollution levels.
Officials from the System of Air Quality Weather Forecasting and Research (SAFAR) said most locations in Mumbai saw a rise in the air quality index (AQI) — a pollution measuring indicator — with readings in ‘poor’ and ‘very poor’ categories. Overall, Mumbai recorded ‘poor’ AQI levels of 206.
“We observed a 40% rise in pollution levels in Mumbai from Monday. The current pollution levels were triggered by a drop in temperatures and rise in moisture levels and the situation is expected to be the same for another two days,” said Gufran Beig, project director, SAFAR. Mumbai’s air quality is expected to be ‘poor’, with a predicted AQI of 216.
Weathermen confirmed that there was thick smog across the city. “Visibility dropped across the city on Thursday morning owing to changes in wind patterns, which brought in warm and moist air from the Arabian Sea. The heightened level of moisture with smaller particles in the atmosphere closer to the surface of the earth created a thick dust-laden layer across Mumbai’s horizon,” said Ajay Kumar, scientific officer, India Meteorological Department (IMD). “The effect should subside over the weekend.”
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