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Dhaka air world’s worst this morning

Update : 22 Mar 2024, 10:47

With an AQI score of 190 at 9:02 am Dhaka topped the list of cities worldwide with the worst air quality this morning. According to the air quality index the air was classified as “unhealthy.”

Pakistan’s Lahore, Senegal’s Dakar, Kazakhstan’s Astana and India’s Delhi occupied the second, third, fourth and fifth spots on the list, with AQI scores of 183, 171, 169 and 169 respectively.

An AQI between 151 and 200 is considered “unhealthy” while 201-300 is “very unhealthy” and 301+ is considered “hazardous,” posing severe 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.

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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