It is still scorching summer in India but the disasters within the country have taken the lives of nearly eighty people. Cyclonic winds, floods, earthquakes, and dust storm episodes are primarily accountable for this.
Rain and strong winds have also caused major disruptions in power supply, water, traffic, and livelihood. What is happening to the country? Where is this all heading? Is this the sign that the world is coming to an end or a signal of those sorts? One after the other a series of natural disasters have been occurring and affecting people.
As per records and reports, recently 13 people have been dead, and 28 injured in dust storms and thunderstorms across Uttar Pradesh. In landslides, reported from the North-East, 6 people have been killed in Tripura and Manipur, and 1.5 lakh people have been affected in the Assam floods.
In Delhi, air quality has reduced drastically and dusty haze is all that can be seen in the city. The quality has been on severe and hazardous levels in many parts of Delhi and the reason for this is the ground level dust from the western part of India. The most recent anti-cyclonic winds from Rajasthan have been reported to be the major factor in this concern.
As per the AQICN, PM10 (particles with the diameter less than 10mm) level was beyond severe at 778 in Delhi-NCR area and 824 in Delhi particularly, leading to hazy conditions and limiting visibility.
According to the AQI level, ‘good’ is 0 to 50, ‘satisfactory’ 51-100, ‘moderate’ and ‘poor’ are 101 to 200 and 201 and 300 respectively, further 301 to 400 is considered ‘very poor’, and above 401 is ‘severe’.
While the AQI of R.K. Puram saw a drastic jump from 660 to 999, and other places like Mandir Marg (770), Dwarka (347), DITE Okhla (801), Punjabi Bagh (646) and ITO (816) saw the air quality plummet to hazardous levels.