KATHMANDU, Feb 6: Air quality index (AQI) of the country’s capital city, Kathmandu, further worsened on Saturday despite the fact that most businesses remained shut and the city received the first rain of winter this year. The highest AQI on Saturday was measured at 191.72 μg/m³.
The Kathmandu Valley, however, reported the lowest AQI of this winter on Saturday itself. The cleanest air in Kathmandu was measured at 40.89 μg/m³, which is considered healthy air as prescribed by the Government of Nepal. The AQI, however, was 20 points higher than that of PM 2.5 reading of 25 μg/m³ set by the World Health Organization.
The Kathmandu Valley received the first rain of this winter on Saturday. The Valley’s weather is expected to clear from Sunday afternoon.