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Dhaka again ranked world’s most polluted city

  • Published at 01:05 pm May 4th, 2018
Dhaka again ranked world’s most polluted city
Bangladesh’s capital Dhaka has once again ranked as the most polluted city in the world. Dhaka scored 190 in the US Air Quality Index (AQI) Friday morning. The air was classified as “unhealthy.” The index was developed by the Environmental Protection Agency for reporting daily air quality of any city or country. Saudi Arabia’s Riyadh and China’s Chengdu followed Dhaka with individual scores of 172 and 169 respectively, according to data obtained from AirVisual, a mobile application that shows real-time air pollution index of any city. Earlier while talking to the Dhaka Tribune, Department of Environment Director (Air quality management) Md Ziaul Haque said: “The air quality in Dhaka will continue to remain like this till the monsoon season starts.” Bangladesh, one of the most densely-populated countries in the world, has been struggling with air pollution for a long time while Dhaka has continued to rank among the most polluted cities. Brick kilns, vehicles run by fuels with higher level sulphur, as well as construction work have been identified as major sources of air pollution. The situation is very serious, experts say, pointing out that five of the top 10 causes of deaths in Bangladesh are related to air pollution. The 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 of pollutants regulated under the Clean Air Act– ground-level ozone, particulate matter, carbon monoxide, sulphur 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.