Dhaka’s air still ‘unhealthy’


9th April, 2020 10:59:11 printer

Dhaka’s air still ‘unhealthy’

Bangladesh’s capital Dhaka ranked fourth worst in the Air Quality Index (AQI) on Thursday morning.

The city had a score of 160 at 09:00am, indicating that the air quality was ‘unhealthy’.

A numerical value between 151 and 200 indicates that everyone may begin to experience health effects. Members of sensitive groups may experience more serious health effects.

Thailand’s Chiang Mai, Vietnam’s Hanoi and Pakistan’s Lahore occupied the first three spots respectively with scores of 206, 174 and 168 respectively.

Scores between 201 and 300 is classified as ‘very unhealthy’. If the score is between 301 and 500, then it is classified as ‘hazardous’.

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.

Dhaka, one of the most densely populated cities in the world, has been grappling with air pollution for a long time. The air quality generally worsens during summer and shows signs of improvement in monsoon when the dust settles.