Homeless take refuge in night shelters as Delhi reels under cold wave; AQI exceeds above 400
The national capital has taken a serious hit from the cold waves as well as from the air quality. While several homeless people took refuge at night shelter, the Air Quality Index has exceeded above 400, marking it as severe/hazardous.
New Delhi: Cold wave conditions continued to persist in the national capital and its adjoining areas. The destitute and homeless people took refuge in a night shelter set up near Safdarjung Airport.
Speaking to reporters, Ram Krishnakumar, a caretaker of the night shelter, said, "As many as 19 people including three women are here in the night shelter. We provide blankets and other facilities to the homeless here."
"The poor have been provided with woollen blankets, pillows and thick mattresses to beat the winter blues," he added.
India Meteorological Department (IMD), on Thursday (January 2), said that the temperatures have increased by 3-4 degree Celsius over most parts of Uttar Pradesh, east Rajasthan and at isolated places over Haryana, Delhi, Punjab, west Madhya Pradesh during the past 24 hours.
While the temperature docked at 7.8 degree Celsius in Delhi's Palam area, a temperature of 5.8 degree Celsius was recorded in Safdarjung area at 5.30 am, IMD said in its weather bulletin.
According to the Air Quality Index (AQI), the national capital recorded "severe" in RK Puram, Anand Vihar and Rohini on Thursday morning.
According to data provided by Delhi Pollution Control Committee (DPCC), AQI is recorded at 418 (severe category) in Anand Vihar, 426 (severe) in RK Puram, and 457 (severe) in Rohini at 5 am on Thursday.
An AQI between 0-50 is considered good, 51-100 is satisfactory, 101-200 moderate, 201-300 poor, 301-400 very poor and 401-500 is marked as severe/hazardous.
The minimum temperature in Safdarjung area was recorded at 3.4 degree Celsius on Wednesday.