Dhaka air ranks 5th worst in AQI

United News of Bangladesh . Dhaka | Published: 15:40, Mar 19,2020


New Age file photo of a cloud of dust rises as vehicles run on an under-construction road at Postagola in Dhaka. — Sony Ramany

Bangladesh’s capital Dhaka ranked fifth worst in Air Quality Index Thursday morning.

It had an AQI score of 168 at 09:02am. The air was classified as ‘unhealthy’.

Thailand’s Chiang Mai, Pakistan’s Lahore and India’s Delhi occupied the first, second and third spots with scores of 230 and 224 and 223 respectively.

When the AQI value is between 101 and 150, members of sensitive groups may experience health effects while general public is less likely to be affected.

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.

In Bangladesh, the AQI is based on five criteria pollutants — Particulate Matter, NO2, CO, SO2 and Ozone.

Dhaka has long been grappling with air pollution. Its air quality usually improves during monsoon.

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