Kathmandu’s air deteriorates further on Thursday, PM 2.5 docks at 196.78μg/m³

Published On: January 28, 2021 07:35 PM NPT

KATHMANDU, Jan 28: The country’s capital city, Kathmandu, has reported further deterioration in the quality of air as the highest PM 2.5 reading was measured at 196.78 μg/m³ on Thursday between 9 AM and 10 AM, the time when most offices and business activities commence.

Thursday’s PM 2.5 reading was nearly 20 points higher than that of 177.78 μg/m³ recorded on Wednesday.

According to the data collected from 17 pollution monitoring stations located at different places in the country’s highly populated as well as polluted city, the air quality index has by far exceeded the standard PM 2.5 readings of 25 μg/m³ and 40 μg/m³ set by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Government of Nepal, respectively.

The lowest PM 2.5 reading of 102.61 μg/m³ was recorded in the morning between 2AM and 3AM.

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