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Dhaka’s air 4th worst in the world

Update : 17 Feb 2024, 10:19

With an AQI score of 196 Dhaka has ranked fourth on the list of cities worldwide with the worst air quality, at 9:08 am on Saturday.

According to the air quality index Dhaka’s air was classified as 'unhealthy'. 

India’s Delhi and Mumbai and Pakistan’s Karachi occupied the first three spots on the list, with AQI scores of 218, 199 and 198 respectively.

When the AQI value for particle pollution is between 101 and 150, air quality is considered ‘unhealthy for sensitive groups’, between 150 and 200 is ‘unhealthy’, between 201 and 300 is said to be 'very unhealthy', while a reading of 301+ is considered 'hazardous', posing serious health risks to residents.

The AQI, an index for reporting daily air quality, informs people how clean or polluted the air of a certain city is and what associated health effects might be a concern for them.

The AQI in Bangladesh is based on five 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.

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