Dhaka air unhealthy on Friday morning

The Report Desk

Published: June 7, 2024, 11:51 AM

Dhaka air unhealthy on Friday morning

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Dhaka, the overcrowded capital city of Bangladesh, ranked fifth on the list of cities with the worst air quality with an AQI index of 151 at 9:10am on Friday.

Friday‍‍`s air was unhealthy, though Thursday‍‍`s air quality was considered moderate with an AQI index of 92, according to the Air Quality Index.

When the AQI value for particle pollution is between 50 and 100, air quality is considered moderate, usually sensitive individuals should consider limiting prolonged outdoor exertion, 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.

India’s Delhi, Vietnam’s Hanoi and Indonesia’s Jakarta occupied the first, second and third spots in the list, with AQI scores of 411, 174 and 163, respectively.

The AQI, an index for reporting daily air quality, informs people how clean or polluted the air of a city is and what associated health effects might be a concern for them.

The AQI score 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 the 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.

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