Dhaka’s air quality remains ‘unhealthy’ this morning

With an AQI score of 187 at 9:00 am, the capital of Bangladesh ranked 3rd in the list of cities worldwide with the worst air qualityUNB

Dhaka’s air quality continued to be ‘unhealthy’ on Wednesday morning.

With an air quality index (AQI) score of 189 at 9:45 am on Wednesday (12 April, 2023), Dhaka ranked 7th in the list of cities worldwide with the worst air quality.

Thailand’s Chiang Mai, China’s Shanghai, and Hangzhou occupied the first three spots on the list, with AQI scores of 250, 222 and 200, respectively.

An AQI between 151 and 200 is considered “unhealthy”, while between 201 and 300 it is considered “very unhealthy”, and 301–400 is “hazardous”, posing severe health risks to people living the affected area.

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 issues. Its air quality usually turns unhealthy in winter and improves during the monsoon.

Air pollution consistently ranks among the top risk factors for death and disability worldwide.

As per the World Health Organization (WHO), air pollution kills an estimated seven million people worldwide every year, largely as a result of increased mortality from stroke, heart disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, lung cancer and acute respiratory infections.