Dhaka’s ‘unhealthy’ air ranks fourth worst in Air Quality Index

United News of Bangladesh . Dhaka | Published at 12:26pm on November 30, 2019

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People move through a cloud of dust, which is one of the major pollutants of the air in the capital. The photo was taken at Shantinagar on November 01, 2016. — New Age file photo

Bangladesh’s capital city ranked the fourth worst in Air Quality Index on Saturday morning.

Dhaka had a score of 192 at 8:00am, which means the air quality was ‘unhealthy’.

Afghanistan’s Kabul, India’s Kolkata, Pakistan’s Lahore occupied the first three slots with scores of 265, 222 and 214 respectively.

When the AQI value is between 151 and 200, every city dweller may begin to experience health effects while members of sensitive groups may experience more serious health effects.

Children, adults, and people with respiratory diseases are advised to avoid outdoor activities while everyone else is suggested to limit prolonged outdoor exertion in this situation.

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.