Dhaka has ranked third among the cities that have the lowest quality of air in the world.
In the US Air Quality Index (AQI), measured at 10am on Tuesday, Dhaka received a score of 236.
According to data available from a smartphone application named AirVisual
, which shows the user real-time air pollution index of any city across the globe, Dhaka’s score signifies very unhealthy air quality.
Kuwait City topped the index as the most polluted city with a score of 503.
Earlier while talking to the Dhaka Tribune, Department of Environment Director (Air quality management) Md Ziaul Haque said: “The quality of air will improve during the monsoon season.”
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.
The index is based on the five criteria pollutants regulated under the Clean Air Act– ground-level ozone, particulate matter, carbon monoxide, sulfur dioxide, and nitrogen dioxide.
The AQI debuted in 1968, when the National Air Pollution Control Administration undertook an initiative to develop an air quality index and to apply the methodology to Metropolitan Statistical Areas.