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Dhaka's air quality slightly improves

  • Published at 10:33 am March 12th, 2018
Dhaka's air quality slightly improves
Dhaka still continues to rank among the cities that have the lowest quality of air in the world. However, the air quality of Bangladesh’s capital showed improvement on Monday. In the US Air Quality Index (AQI), measured at 10am, Dhaka scored 158. The city scored 523 in the index on Sunday. According to data available from smartphone application AirVisual, which shows the user real-time air pollution index of any city across the globe, Dhaka’s score signifies unhealthy air quality. Lahore topped the index as the most polluted city with a score of 280. Earlier, Department of Environment Director (air quality management) Md Ziaul Haque had told the Dhaka Tribune that Dhaka's air quality would continue to remain like this throughout March. “However, the quality of air will improve during the monsoon season," he said. The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) developed the Air Quality Index to report air quality. This AQI is divided into six categories, indicating increasing levels of health concern. An AQI value over 300 represents hazardous air quality and below 50 the air quality is good.