Dhaka’s air quality “moderate” today
Dhaka's air quality witnessed a marked improvement this morning (July 24, 2022), after remaining "unhealthy" a day before.
With an air quality index (AQI) score of 57, recorded at 10:11am today, the capital of Bangladesh ranked 38th in the list of world cities with the worst air quality.
An AQI between 50 and 100 is considered "moderate" with an acceptable air quality. However, there may be a moderate health concern for a very small number of people who are unusually sensitive to air pollution.
Chile's Santiago, Saudi Arabia's Riyadh and Iran's Tehran occupied the first three spots in the list, with AQI scores of 166, 154 and 151, respectively.
An AQI between 101 and 200 is considered "unhealthy", particularly for sensitive groups.
Similarly, an AQI between 201 and 300 is said to be "poor", while a reading of 301 to 400 is considered "hazardous", posing serious health risks to residents.
AQI, an index for reporting daily air quality, is used by government agencies to inform 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.