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Siyam Hoque

Published:
2020-04-17 19:04:32 BdST

Dhaka’s air quality still unhealthy


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Bangladesh’s capital Dhaka ranked 4th worst in the Air Quality Index (AQI) on Friday morning.
 
The city had a score of 153 at 8:18 am, indicating that the air quality was ‘unhealthy’.
 
When the AQI value is between 150 and 200, everyone may begin to experience health effects.

Thailand’s Chiang Mai, China’s Chongqing and Ukraine’s Kyiv  occupied the first three spots in the list of cities with the worst air quality with AQI scores of 165, 163 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.
 
In Bangladesh, the AQI is based on five criteria pollutants – Particulate Matter (PM10 and PM2.5), NO2, CO, SO2 and Ozone (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.
 
Dhaka has long been grappling with air pollution. Its air quality usually improves during monsoon.

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