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Dhaka ranks fourth worst in Monday's Air Quality Index

Published: November 04, 2019 11:33:17 | Updated: November 04, 2019 16:38:23


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Bangladesh’s capital was ranked fourth worst in Air Quality Index (AQI) on Monday morning.

The city’s air was classified as 'unhealthy' at 9:50am as it had a score of 169.

India’s Delhi and Pakistan’s Lahore were the top two cities in the list with scores of 494 and 269 respectively. Kolkata ranked third with 172 points, says a news agency report.

When the AQI value is between 151 and 200, every city dweller may begin to experience health effects. Members of sensitive groups may experience more serious health effects in this situation.

Active children and adults, and people with respiratory diseases, such as asthma, are advised to avoid prolonged outdoor exertion.

The air quality is categorised as good when AQI score remains between 0-50 while the air is moderate when AQI is 51 to 100 but when AQI is in between 101 and 150, it 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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