Dhaka ranks 6th worst in Air Quality Index

A general view of Dhaka.
A general view of Dhaka. File photo/Shameem Reza
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Bangladesh's Dhaka ranked the 6th worst in the Air Quality Index (AQI) on Saturday morning, reports UNB.

It had an AQI score of 111 at 08:29am and its air quality was classified as ‘unhealthy for sensitive group’.

When the AQI value is between 101 and 150, the air quality is unhealthy for sensitive group. Members of sensitive groups may experience health effects. The general public is not likely to be affected.

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United Arab Emirates’s Dubai, Indonesia’s Jakarta and China’s Shenzen occupied the first three spots in the list of cities with the worst air with scores 128 and 124 respectively, says the news agency.

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.

Dhaka has long been grappling with air pollution.

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