Three Pakistani cities among most polluted cities in the world

Karachi ranks number 5 just ahead of Peshawar and Rawalpindi which stand at six and seven on the list


Web Desk July 25, 2015
A boy looks for recyclable items in the polluted waters of Karachi harbour, Pakistan. PHOTO: REUTERS

Three Pakistani cities are listed among 20 most polluted cities in the world, according to the World Economic Forum.

Of the Pakistani cities, Karachi, Peshawar and Rawalpindi are among the 20 most polluted cities in the world, as per the most recent statistics from the World Health Organisation (WHO) compiled from more than 1,600 cities for the years 2008 to 2013.

Karachi ranks number five just ahead of Peshawar and Rawalpindi which stand at six and seven in the list of 20 most polluted cities.



The WHO report listed 1,600 cities in 91 countries and ranked them according to the quality of their air which is measured for concentrations of PM10 and PM2.5 that is particles smaller than 10 or 2.5 microns which are harmful toxins that can cling to the lungs and cause diseases.

Pakistan records the highest level over all of the 91 countries in the WHO air pollution database.

Interestingly, 13 of the 20 cities on the list are Indian. Delhi tops the list of the most polluted cities followed by Patna, Gwalior and Raipur.

Smoke rises form brick kilns in Peshawar. PHOTO: AFP

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The report is a cause of serious health concerns for the inhabitants of the respective cities as toxic pollution hugely impacts human health and can cause acids rains, heart disease and respiratory problems among others.

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Pakistan, India and China are also polluted in terms of particulate matter. The WHO examined the concentration of the fine particles and advised that fine particles of less than 2.5 micrometres in diameter (PM2.5) should not exceed 10 micrograms per cubic metre.

COMMENTS (35)

Pakistani Sindhi | 5 years ago | Reply Good reply. Please allow me to add more by saying that... Karachi was doing even well back in the mid 1800s.
Pakistani Sindhi | 5 years ago | Reply @Aam Admi Bechara: What a ridiculous reply :-) I didn't find you or your reply quite intelligent to respond but not responding back will only make you feel more overconfident and seek further pride in your delusion and ignorance. Where did you get the idea that people of Sindh are fed by the 'people' (you didn't even clarify as to who is the "people" who feed the people of Sindh?). Everyday hundreds and thousands of people flock to Sindh from Punjab, KPK, Balochistan and Afghanistan. Next time you stop by CNG station... make sure the LPG does not from Sindh (Sindh produces 70% of natural gas for Pakistan - and there are many more things you do not know that comes from Sindh).
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