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Dhaka’s air again ranks as world's most polluted

Update : 03 Mar 2024, 09:56

With an AQI score of 205 Dhaka has again topped the list of cities worldwide with the worst air quality at 9:01 am on Sunday. According to the air quality and pollution city ranking Dhaka’s air was classified as 'very unhealthy'. 

An AQI between 151 and 200 is considered 'unhealthy' while 201-300 is 'very unhealthy', and 301-400 is considered 'hazardous', posing severe health risks to residents.

India’s Kolkata, Vietnam’s Hanoi and Myanmar’s Yangon occupied the second, third and fourth spots in the list, with AQI scores of 163, 161 and 160, respectively.

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.

As per World Health Organization (WHO), air pollution kills an estimated seven million people worldwide every year, mainly due to increased mortality from stroke, heart disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, lung cancer, and acute respiratory infections.

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