Kathmandu once again ranked as world’s second most-polluted city

Published On: April 16, 2024 02:12 PM NPT By: Republica  | @RepublicaNepal

KATHMANDU, April 16: Kathmandu has once again become the second most polluted city in the world, with air pollution soaring to alarming levels in the Kathmandu Valley.

The valley's pollution index has spiked to hazardous levels, attributed to persistent smog and wildfires in the region.

According to data from IQAir, an international organization monitoring air quality, Kathmandu's pollution index stood at 177 as of 10AM today, categorized as unhealthy for human health. Delhi retains its position as the world's most polluted city, with a pollution level of 197.

The Meteorological Forecasting Division highlights that Kathmandu's pollution has not reduced due to the absence of substantial rainfall in the valley. Meteorologist Pratibha Manandhar said that Kathmandu's weather patterns are fluctuating.

Manandhar attributes Kathmandu's ongoing pollution crisis to local emissions compounded by wildfires and western winds affecting various parts of the country. Although light rain is forecasted for the afternoon, it is unlikely to significantly reduce pollution levels without heavy rainfall.

Given the hazardous air quality persisting in the Kathmandu Valley, Manandhar advises residents to minimize outdoor activities and wear masks when going outside.

While recent rainfall temporarily alleviated pollution levels, Kathmandu's air quality has deteriorated once again.





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