Dhaka’s air 2nd worst, categorised as very unhealthy in AQI

United News of Bangladesh . Dhaka | Published: 13:11, Dec 29,2019

 
 

A UNB file photo of a Dhaka road.

Dhaka, the capital city of Bangladesh, has ranked second worst in the Air Quality Index.

Dhaka had a score of 289 at 8:06am on Sunday, indicating that the air quality was very unhealthy.

India’s Delhi and Kabul of Afghanistan occupied the first and third spots respectively.

When the AQI value is between 201 and 300, every city dweller may begin to experience health effects.

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. The Department of Environment has also set national ambient air quality standards for these pollutants. These standards aim to protect against adverse human health impacts.

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