Top 10 most polluted cities in the world – Guess the two Indian cities in the list

Mar 22, 2022

By: Vaamanaa Sethi

Dhaka, Bangladesh

US AQI: 207 | The particulate matter (PM) concentration in Dhaka is currently 21.1 times above the World Health Organization’s (WHO) annual air quality guideline value.

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Delhi, India

US AQI: 171 | Delhi, which is also commonly known as the ‘pollution capital’ has a PM level of 14.8 times above the WHO guideline value.

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The air quality of Delhi has been ‘unhealthy’ consistently for close to the last two...

...months, at least. February 24 was the most polluted day in Delhi with AQI as 198.

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Belgrade, Serbia

US AQI: 167 | Meteorological factors such as lack of wind or rain are some of the major factors behind the rising level of pollution in Belgrade.

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Lahore, Pakistan

US AQI: 167 | According to the IQ Air index, the air in Lahore has been ‘unhealthy’ for at least four consecutive days, while the PM level is 11.4 times above the WHO guidelines.

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Warsaw, Poland

US AQI: 165 | At the beginning of 2021, Warsaw was experiencing ‘moderate’ air quality with a US AQI as 93, according to recommended levels by the WHO. However, the AQI in 2022 has worsened to 165.

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Mumbai, India

US AQI: 163 | According to the IQ index, air pollution has cost an estimated 9,000 deaths in Mumbai in 2021.

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The air quality in Mumbai is currently 15.7 times above the WHO guidelines.

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Kathmandu, Nepal

US AQI: 160 | The air quality in Kathmandu is currently 8.8 times higher than the WHO guidelines.

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Wroclaw, Poland

US AQI: 160 | March 4 was one of the most polluted days in the history of Wroclaw with 1357 as the US AQI.

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Zagreb, Croatia

US AQI: 154 | With 154 as the US AQI, today, March 22, is one of the most polluted days in Zagreb.

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Hanoi, Vietnam

US AQI: 153 | The graph showcased by the index report shows that the first few weeks of March were ‘good’. However, the air quality has degraded to ‘unhealthy’ as of March 22, 2022.

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AQI stands for Air Quality Index.

IQ Air is an organisation that works in collaboration with the United Nations Environmental Program (UNEP), to fight air pollution.

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