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Dhaka ranks fourth worst in Air Quality Index

Published: December 03, 2019 10:45:03 | Updated: December 03, 2019 13:57:20


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Dhaka ranked the fourth worst in Air Quality Index (AQI) on Tuesday morning.  The capital city of Bangladesh had a score of 220 at 9:36 am, which means the air quality was ‘very unhealthy’.

Afghanistan’s Kabul, Bulgaria’s Sofia, India’s Kolkata, occupied the first three slots with scores of 291, 251 and 250 respectively, reports UNB.

When the AQI value is between 201 and 300, it is considered as emergency conditions with health warnings. The entire population is more likely to be affected in this situation.

Active children, adults, and people with respiratory diseases are suggested to limit outdoor exertion.

The air quality is categorised as good when the AQI score remains below 50. The air is classified as moderate when the score is 51-100. But when the number is between 101 and 150, the air is classified as unhealthy for sensitive groups.

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

Bangladesh’s overcrowded capital has been grappling with air pollution for a long time. The quality usually improves during monsoon.

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