Dhaka’s ‘unhealthy’ air ranks 3rd worst in AQI

United News of Bangladesh . Dhaka | Published: 11:50, Apr 23,2020


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

Dhaka ranked third worst in the Air Quality Index on Thursday morning.

It had an AQI score of 157 at 08:12am. The air was classified as ‘unhealthy’.

When the AQI value is between 151 and 200, everyone may begin to experience health effects. Members of sensitive groups may experience more serious health effects.

Indonesia’s Jakarta and Afghanistan’s Kabul occupied the first and second spots in the list of cities with worst air quality with AQI scores of 163 and 158 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.

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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