World Environment Day: Nisarga cyclone has improved air quality in Mumbai

ST Staff
Friday, 5 June 2020

Authorities were concerned about the aftermath of the cyclone, but it has left some positive impacts, after all.

The mighty Nisarga cyclone which took a panoramic entry within the Indian subcontinent through the Arabian Sea has left something positive for Mumbaikars. Mumbai’s overall Air Quality Index (AQI) has shown a large impact of the cyclone thereon. It is improved to 17 which is best of the year as of now.

Authorities were concerned about the aftermath of the cyclone but it has left some positive impacts, after all. The good news of cyclone improvising air quality of Mumbai came before the occasion of World Environment Day.

“Time for Nature” is the theme of this year’s World Environment Day and experts have stated that the rare cyclone within the Arabian Sea was caused due to global climate change.

While the western side of the country isn't liable to such activities. Today, the time has arrived when, the Arabian Sea which is cooler as compared to other seas, has experienced a mighty cyclone.

This environment day we must resolve that we'll give “time for nature”.

While the cyclone made its landfall near Alibaug, Raigad district. After the landfall, Mumbai continued to receive rain for a whole day.

As per records, the current air quality possesses little or no health risk because it falls within the good category, in line with the System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting And Research (SAFAR).

SAFAR director, Dr Gufran Beig said, “This is that the best record till now. Combination of high-speed winds and rains caused the advance in Air Quality Index (AOI)."

AQI from 0-50 is considered good whereas 51-100 is satisfactory and 101-200 is moderate. Above 200 AQI is categorised in different '"poor" categories.


Global warming our biggest concern today. The year 2020 began with Wildfires; later Cyclones and floods also ravaged human beings. Locust attack has troubled several parts of the globe. These disastrous activities are claims that the world isn't treated properly.

“Nature is sending us a clear message. We are harming the wildlife to our detriments. Climate disruption has worsened," said United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres in a video uploaded by UN on the occasion of World Environment Day.

“We need our entire global community to change the course of development. We shall adopt sustainable habits," he added.

Prime Minister Modi also tweeted about World Environment Day, during which he urged people for persevering rich biodiversity of the world.


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