Monday's air in Bangladeshi capital deemed "unhealthy"

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DHAKA, Jan. 16 (Xinhua) -- The air quality in the Bangladeshi capital Dhaka was ranked the third most polluted in the world on Monday morning.

With an air quality index (AQI) score of 197 at 9:40 a.m. local time, Dhaka's air is deemed "unhealthy," United News of Bangladesh (UNB) reported.

An AQI between 151 and 200 is said to be "unhealthy" while 201 and 300 is considered "very unhealthy," and 301 to 400 is considered "hazardous," posing serious health risks to residents.

Pakistan's Lahore and India's Mumbai occupied the top and second places with an AQI of 234 and 211 respectively.

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.

As per the World Health Organization, air pollution kills an estimated 7 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. Enditem

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