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Dhaka air third most polluted in world on Monday morning

  • Lahore and Mumbai occupy first and second spots
  • Air pollution kills 7 million people annually, per WHO
Update : 09 Oct 2023, 10:59 AM

Dhaka ranked third on the global list of cities with the worst air quality on Monday morning.

The air in Dhaka city was classified as unhealthy with an AQI score of 158 at 9:15am.

Pakistan's Lahore and India's Mumbai occupied the first and second spots on the list, with AQI scores of 182 and 160, respectively.

An AQI score between 151 and 200 is considered unhealthy, while 201–300 is very unhealthy and 301+ is hazardous, posing severe health risks to residents.

The Air Quality Index, which reports daily air quality, informs people how clean or polluted the air of a certain city is and what associated health effects might be a concern for them.

The AQI score in Bangladesh is based on five pollutants: particulate matter (PM10 and PM2.5), NO2, CO, SO2 and ozone.

Dhaka has long been grappling with air pollution issues.

Per the World Health Organization (WHO), air pollution kills an estimated seven million people worldwide every year, mainly due to increased mortality from stroke, heart disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, lung cancer and acute respiratory infections.

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