Dhaka’s Air Quality in ‘Moderate’ Zone

Photo: Collected

Photo: Collected

Due to the city's overnight flooding, Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh, had "moderate" air quality on Sunday morning.

At 8:40 am, Dhaka had an air quality index score of 90, placing it as the 16th worst city in the world.

The top four cities on the list were Kuwait City (Kuwait), Jakarta (Indonesia), Dubai (United Arab Emirates), and Doha (Qatar), with AQI ratings of 164, 158, 156, and 154, 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.

An AQI level of 150 to 200 is deemed "unhealthy," 201 to 300 is deemed "very unhealthy," and 301 and above is 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.

One of the leading causes of mortality and disability globally continues to be air pollution.

According to the World Health Organization, air pollution claims the lives of seven million people each year.

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