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Dhaka ranks 8th worst in Air Quality Index

  • Published at 10:56 am December 10th, 2019
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File photo: Bangladesh, one of the most densely-populated countries in the world, has been struggling with air pollution for a long time, while Dhaka has continued to rank among the most polluted cities Mehedi Hasan/Dhaka Tribune

Dhaka had a score of 189 at 9:19am on Tuesday morning

Bangladesh’s capital city ranked the 8th worst in Air Quality Index (AQI).

Dhaka had a score of 189 at 9:19am on Tuesday morning, which means the air quality was unhealthy.

Pakistan’s Lahore, Afganistan’s Kabul, and India’s Delhi, occupied the first three slots with scores of 438, 362 and 339 respectively.

When the AQI value is between 151 and 200, it is considered as emergency conditions with health warnings. Everyone may begin to experience health effects in this situation.

Active children, adults, and people with respiratory diseases are suggested to limit outdoor exertion.

The air quality is categorized as good when the AQI score remains below 50. The air is classified as moderate when the score is 51-100. 

But when the number is between 101 and 150, the air is classified as unhealthy for sensitive groups.

The AQI, an index for reporting daily air quality, tells people how clean or polluted the air of a certain city is, and what associated health effects might be a concern for them.

Bangladesh’s overcrowded capital has been grappling with air pollution for a long time. The quality usually improves during monsoon.