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Dhaka ranks 2nd most infected air cities

Lastnewsbd, 16th February, Dhaka: According to the State of Global Air 2017, a new annual report and interactive website launched in Boston Tuesday, air pollution is the leading environmental cause of death worldwide. India and Bangladesh have experienced the steepest increases in air pollution levels since 2010, and now have the highest PM2.5 concentrations among the countries. Both the countries experienced some of the largest increases in PM2.5 attributable mortality, on the order of 50% to 60%. India now approaches China in the number of deaths attributable to PM2.5. The report also finds that 92% of the world’s population lives in areas with unhealthy air. The highest concentrations appear in this region due to combustion emissions from multiple sources, including household solid fuel use, coal-fired power plants, agricultural and other open burning, and industrial and transportation-related sources. The population-weighted annual average concentrations were 89 μg/m3 in Bangladesh, 75μg/m3 in Nepal, and 74μg/m3 in India. “The report shows Bangladesh in the second position in air pollution. But the state of air in Dhaka does not remain the same throughout the year. It increases in the winter,” the government’s Clean Air and Sustainable Environment Project (CASE) Director Munjurul Hannan Khan told the Dhaka Tribune on Thursday. He claimed, “Though Bangladesh has a high PM2.5 concentration, the other five variables of air never crossed tolerable levels.” Munjurul also ruled out the report’s claim of 122,000 annual deaths in Bangladesh due to air pollution. He further blamed the ongoing and unplanned construction in Dhaka city for the rise in air pollution. “The city corporations should have taken steps,” he added. This is not the first time Dhaka ranks among the worst cities to live in terms of air pollution and other civic amenities.

Bangladesh’s capital Dhaka ranks second in terms of air pollution, says a latest report by Boston-based Health Effects Institute. The government, however, refuses to accept that Dhaka’s air quality is quite so bad. India’s Delhi tops the list while Pakistan’s Karachi and China’s Beijing stand in the third and fourth spots. According to the 2016 report of the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU), Dhaka was one of the worst cities to live in. It ranked the second least liveable city in 2015. In its report in 2015, the EIU said that Dhaka had moved from being the worst city to being the second worst city, just ahead of Syria’s capital war ravaged Damascus. In 2014, Dhaka held the second position from the top in the global index of the world’s 10 least liveable cities, with Damascus topping the list as mentioned by a recent report of EIU. Earlier, in 2013, Forbes magazine published a report showing the world’s densest mega cities, with Dhaka atop the list. The population of Dhaka was 14,399,000 as per the report. About 115,200 people were living in each square mile. In 2011, Dhaka rated as the third least liveable city in the world, crawling one step ahead from the previous review in 2009, according to a worldwide survey by EIU. The same organisation rated Dhaka as the second worst city of the world in 2010. Harare, the capital of Zimbabwe, was rated as the worst city. The 2008 Forbes report showed the world’s dirtiest cities with Dhaka second on the list. The report said, “Lead-poisoned air lands Dhaka, Bangladesh, the No 2 spot on the list. Traffic congestion in the capital continues to worsen with vehicles emitting fatal amounts of air pollutants daily, including lead.”

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