Dhaka’s air quality showed signs of improvement for the second consecutive day on Thursday morning.
It was categorised as ‘moderate’ and ranked 21st worst in the AQI index.
The megacity had an AQI score of 74 at 08:26am. When the AQI remains between 51 and 100, the air quality is acceptable.
However, there may be risks for some people, particularly those who are unusually sensitive to air pollution.
Chile’s Santiago, India’s Delhi and Chaina’s Shanghai occupied the first three spots in the list of cities with the worst air quality with AQI scores of 161, 158 and 156 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).
Bangladesh has a subtropical monsoon climate characterised by wide seasonal variations in rainfall, high temperatures and humidity.
Dhaka’s air starts getting fresh when rainfall begins from mid-June. The air remains mostly acceptable during monsoon from June to October.
Dhaka has long been grappling with air pollution.