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Dhaka air quality improves slightly but remains unhealthy

  • Published at 10:16 am February 26th, 2018
Dhaka air quality improves slightly but remains unhealthy
The air quality of Dhaka has improved a little after the city recorded light rainfall in the morning. But the Bangladeshi capital was still ranked among the top 10 most polluted cities in the world, according to the US Air Quality Index (AQI). In a real-time ranking, Dhaka was ranked 10th at 9am on Monday. The city has been grappling with polluted air, as it continued to rank among the top cities with the most polluted air. Dhaka scored 160 on Monday morning, according to data from AirVisual, a smartphone app that shows real-time air pollution index of any city. Kathmandu, Kolkata and Lahore respectively occupied the top three spots. A score over 300 indicates the quality is hazardous while below 50 means it is good according to the AQI index, a tool developed by the US Environmental Protection Agency for reporting daily air quality of any city or country. Department of Environment Director (Air quality management) Md Ziaul Haque had told the Dhaka Tribune that the capital’s air quality would gradually improve during the monsoon season.