The air quality in Delhi on Wednesday deteriorated beyond the severe level because of a ground-level dust storm in western India which increased coarser particles in the air, the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) data showed. Dr Arvind Kumar, chief of respiratory division at Sir Ganga Ram Hospital told Mail Today, “It is for the first time we see choking and dusty air in summers. If this poor quality of air prevails, definitely, in the comings days we will see more patients with complaints of respiratory distress. ” Gufran Beig, a scientist at the Centre-run System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting and Research Institute, said the dust storm deteriorated the air quality in Delhi-NCR. According to CPCB, the air quality index at several places in Delhi crossed the 500-mark, with east Delhi’s Anand Vihar area recording an AQI of 891.
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