Bangladesh’s capital Dhaka ranked second worst in the Air Quality Index (AQI) on Wednesday morning.
The city had a score of 164 at 08:01am, indicating that the air quality was ‘unhealthy’.
A numerical value between 151 and 200 indicates that everyone may begin to experience health effects. Members of sensitive groups may experience more serious health effects.
Thailand’s Chiang Mai and Poland’s Krakow occupied the first and third spots respectively with scores of 203 and 161 respectively.
Scores between 201 and 300 is classified as ‘very unhealthy’. If the score is between 301 and 500, then it is classified as ‘hazardous’.
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.
Dhaka, one of the most densely populated cities in the world, has been grappling with air pollution for a long time. The air quality generally worsens during summer and shows signs of improvement in monsoon when the dust settles.
No new dengue case was reported in the last 24 hours till 8am on Tuesday, said the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS).
According to daily update from the DGHS, three dengue patients are being treated at hospitals in the capital.
Since the beginning of this year, 274 dengue cases were reported.
Bangladesh experienced a massive dengue outbreak last year when 101,354 people were hospitalised across the country. Of them, 101,037 made full recovery.
According to official figures, the mosquito-borne disease killed 179 people in 2019.
On April 2, Local Government, Rural Development and Cooperatives Minister Md Tajul Islam said his ministry has been taking steps as part of a joint effort to prevent the breeding of mosquitoes and fighting the dengue menace in the country.