Dhaka’s ‘unhealthy’ air ranks 8th worst in AQI

United News of Bangladesh . Dhaka | Published: 11:50, Dec 10,2019

 
 

Dust engulfs the approach road to the Buriganga Bridge at Postogola in Dhaka as the years-long road construction work continues. The photo was taken on Monday, November 25, 2019. — Sony Ramany

Bangladesh's capital Dhaka ranked the 8th worst in Air Quality Index on Tuesday morning.

Dhaka had a score of 189 at 9:19am, which means the air quality was ‘unhealthy’.

Pakistan’s Lahore, Afganistan’s Kabul, and India’s Delhi, occupied the first three slots with scores of 438, 362 and 339 respectively.

When the AQI value is between 151 and 200, it is considered as emergency conditions with health warnings. Everyone may begin to experience health effects in this situation.

Active children, adults, and people with respiratory diseases are suggested to limit outdoor exertion.

The air quality is categorised as good when the AQI score remains below 50. The air is classified as moderate when the score is 51-100. But when the number is between 101 and 150, the air is classified as unhealthy for sensitive groups.

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

Bangladesh’s overcrowded capital has been grappling with air pollution for a long time. The quality usually improves during monsoon.

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