Air in Dhaka to Be Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups

Photo: Collected

Photo: Collected

This morning, the air quality in Dhaka was classified as being "unhealthy for sensitive groups."

Dhaka was placed 7th on IQAir's list of the world's worst cities for air quality at 8:26 am, with an air quality index (AQI) score of 110.

The top three places on the list were held by Jakarta, Indonesia, Santiago, Chile, and Johannesburg, South Africa, with AQI ratings of 155, 154, and 150, respectively.

'Moderate' air quality is defined as an AQI of 50 to 100. A very tiny percentage of persons who are highly sensitive to air pollution, however, may have health concerns. 

Between 101 and 150 AQI readings are deemed "unhealthy," between 201 and 300 AQI readings are deemed "very unhealthy," while readings of 301 or more are deemed "hazardous," offering significant health hazards to locals.

Particulate matter (PM10 and PM2.5), NO2, CO, SO2, and ozone are the five criterion pollutants on which Bangladesh's air quality index (AQI) is based.

Air pollution has always been a problem in Dhaka. Usually, the winter is when the air quality becomes bad, and the monsoon is when it gets better.

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