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Delhi s air quality to deteriorate again as largest-ever stubble burning of the year observed: IITM

Stubble burning in neighbouring states of Delhi on Thursday was the largest-ever recorded this year which might lead to a further deterioration in the already severe air quality of the national capital, a government-run agency said Friday. According to the Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology, 2,100 fire counts were observed on Thursday over north western region of India. It was the largest-ever recorded for this year. It was around four times higher than Wednesday, IITM said. The PM2.5 concentration is likely to increase again from Friday afternoon and may remain severe or severe-plus in Delhi-NCR till Sunday, it said. The increase in PM2.5 (particles in the air with a diameter of less than 2.5 micrometres) concentration would be due to stable meteorological conditions, trapping the polluted air-mass in Delhi and significant increase in contribution from biomass burning, IITM said in a report. The Centre-run System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting And Research ...

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