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Dhaka’s air continues to be moderate

UNB . Dhaka
24 Jun 2024 09:44:47 | Update: 24 Jun 2024 09:45:15
Dhaka’s air continues to be moderate
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Dhaka’s air quality has significantly improved. The city has ranked 26th on the list of cities worldwide with the worst air quality with an AQI score of 64 at 9am on Monday.

Dhaka’s air was classified as 'moderate', according to the air quality index.

When the AQI value for particle pollution is between 50 and 100, air quality is considered ‘moderate’, between 101 and 150, air quality is considered ‘unhealthy for sensitive groups’, between 150 and 200 is ‘unhealthy’, between 201 and 300 is said to be 'very unhealthy', while a reading of 301+ is considered 'hazardous', posing serious health risks to residents.

Democratic Republic of the Congo’s Kinshasa, India’s Delhi and Indonesia’s Jakarta occupied the first, second and third spots on the list, with AQI scores of 171, 168 and 158, respectively.

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.

The AQI in Bangladesh is based on five pollutants: particulate matter (PM10 and PM2.5), NO2, CO, SO2, and ozone.

Dhaka has long been grappling with air pollution issues. Its air quality usually turns unhealthy in winter and improves during the monsoon.

As per World Health Organization (WHO), air pollution kills an estimated seven million people worldwide every year, mainly due to increased mortality from stroke, heart disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, lung cancer, and acute respiratory infections.