Dhaka ranks second worst in AQI

United News of Bangladesh. Dhaka | Published: 11:40, Jan 07,2020


People move through a cloud of dust, one of the major pollutants of the air in the capital city Dhaka. The photo was taken at Shantinagar on November 1, 2016. — New Age file photo

Bangladesh’s capital Dhaka ranked the second worst in the Air Quality Index on Tuesday morning.

The air quality of Dhaka was classified as very unhealthy as it had an AQI score of 221 at 7:52am.

Mongolia’s Ulaanbaatar and Pakistan’s Lahore were the worst and third worst cities on the list with scores of 238 and 182 respectively.

When the AQI value is between 201 and 300, the entire population is likely to be affected. Active children and adults, and people with respiratory diseases are advised to avoid all outdoor exertion in this situation.

AQI tells how clean or polluted the air is, and what associated health effects might be a concern for public. The AQI focuses on health effects that one might experience within a few hours or days after breathing polluted air.

In Bangladesh, the AQI is based on five pollutant criteria- Particulate Matter- PM10 and PM2.5; NO2, CO, SO2 and Ozone or O3.

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.

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


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