Hanoi tops list of world’s most polluted city

Hanoi: Hanoi was named as the most polluted city in the world, with Ho Chi Minh City not far behind.

Figures released by the air quality monitor app AirVisual put Vietnam’s capital city at the top of the list followed by Jakarta in Indonesia and Ho Chi Minh City, respectively taking the second and third places.

On Thursday, Hanoi’s air quality index topped the 200 mark, which is considered hazardous.

Although the air conditions slightly improved, Hanoi’s recorded air quality is still among the worst places in the world.

According to the air monitoring system of Hanoi Department of Natural Resources and Environment, the city air quality has remained at “unhealthy” levels in recent days, mostly due to dust pollution.

Bad weather in the capital and fog made it difficult for the dust to be diluted or blown away.

At the same time, low wind speeds reduce air convection and trapping dust near the surface all contributed to the declining quality of the air in Hanoi. — Vietnam News/ANN

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