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Dhaka air 2nd worst in world Monday morning

  • Classified as unhealthy
  • India’s Delhi occupies first spot 

 

Update : 15 Apr 2024, 10:33 AM

Dhaka ranked second on the list of cities worldwide with the worst air quality on Monday morning.

Dhaka’s air quality was in the “unhealthy” zone, with an air quality index (AQI) score of 193 at 9am, according to the air quality index.

India’s Delhi, China's Beijing and Nepal's Kathmandu occupied the first, third and fourth spots on the list, with AQI scores of 207, 193 and 175, respectively.

An AQI between 101 and 200 is considered “unhealthy”, while an AQI between 201 and 300 is said to be “poor”, while a reading of 301 to 400 is considered “hazardous”, posing serious health risks to residents.

In Bangladesh, the AQI is based on five criteria pollutants -- Particulate Matter (PM10 and PM2.5), NO2, CO, SO2 and Ozone.

Dhaka has long been grappling with air pollution issues. Its air quality usually turns unhealthy in winter and improves during the monsoon.

Air pollution consistently ranks among the top risk factors for death and disability worldwide. Breathing polluted air has long been recognized as increasing a person’s chances of developing heart disease, chronic respiratory diseases, lung infections and cancer, according to several studies.

As per the World Health Organization (WHO), air pollution kills an estimated seven million people worldwide every year.

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