New Delhi, July 29: Following continuous rains, Delhi’s air quality turned ‘good’ for the first time this year, authorities claimed. The Air Quality Index of New Delhi on Friday was recorded at 43 which falls under the ‘good’ category, Gufran Beig, a scientist at the Centre-run System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting and Research institute (SAFAR), said.Also Read - International Flights: Air India Announces Fresh Flight Schedule Between India and Thailand | Here’s How to Book Tickets

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As per the to the Central Pollution Control Board data the PM2.5 level (presence of particles with diameter less than 2.5 mm) was 39 in Delhi-NCR and 21 in the Capital city.  Meanwhile, the PM10 level (presence of particles with diameter less than 10mm) was recorded as ‘good’ at 39 in Delhi-NCR and 32 in Delhi. Also Read - Punjab Bans Manufacturing, Sale of Firecrackers Ahead of Diwali; Issues New Timing For Green Crackers | Details Here

Notably, Delhiites breathed clean air last month after nearly a year. The pollution level has since been in check and has remained at satisfactory or moderate level.  On June 13, there was a dip in the air quality due to dust storms in western India that pushed the pollution level to ‘severe plus’.

In 2016, Delhi registered an alarming increase in deaths due to respiratory ailments. As per an official data released by the state government, deaths related to breathing disorders shot up by 40 per cent in 2016 from 2015 – 6,502 to 9,149 – which was the highest jump since 2010.

(With agency inputs)