Top 10 Most Polluted Cities in the World (2017)
The diseases caused by air pollution are increasing and spreading rapidly. World air pollution levels increased up to 8% between the years 2008 to 2013. Around 80% of metropolitan areas have air pollution levels considered dangerous by the World Health Organization.
Here are top 10 most polluted cities of the world.
- Baoding, China
This city is huge like other Chinese cities because of their population and the vast areas of 8500 miles upon which it lies. Like other Chinese cities, this city has also been the prey of China’s air pollution which is increasing and getting worse, rapidly. The city has been witnessed covered in dense smog which is strong enough to burn one’s eyes. The citizens and visitors of the city face harsh conditions living in a poisonous environment where walking without a mask has become almost impossible. The city records 126 in PM 2.5 according to WHO reports.
- Xingtai, China
Without any wonder, another Chinese city makes in the top ten of most polluted cities in the world. Xingtai, a city in the province of Hebei has been a center of coal mining in the People’s Republic of China. This city has the worst quality of air in whole of China which makes it difficult to reside in. The Chinese government has shut down plenty of industries in order to control the increasing pollution in the city. The step couldn’t bear much of the expected results as the city still faces photochemical smog which makes it problematic to breathe in. Despite several measures by the government, the city records 128 PM 2.5 according to WHO reports which makes this city a challenge for the Chinese government to improve its air quality.
- Bamenda, Cameroon
Bamenda, a city located in the north-western Cameroon has a population of about 500,000 people and is the only African city which lies in the top ten most polluted cities of the world. The mismanagement of industries has made this city one of the most polluted cities in the world. The city records 132 PM 2.5 which is an alarming situation for the residents as well as for the concerned authorities who has the responsibility to improve the city’s air quality.
- Raipur, India
The capital city of the state of Chhattisgarh in India made it into top ten most polluted cities of the world. The air pollution in the city is highly lethal as it recorded 250 micrograms of suspended particulate matter and 350 ppm in the concentration of dust particles. These records are too higher than the set standards of pollution which can be acceptable by the human respiratory system. Increased population and the resulted increased vehicles, hospitals’ waste and growing construction has made this city one of the most dangerous cities to breathe in.
- Patna, India
State of Bihar’s largest and capital city has a population of about 1683,000 residents stretched over an area of 53.8 square miles. The city’s Respirable Suspended Particulate level is three and a half times higher than the set standards which is highly dangerous for the residents. The city faces increased numbers of respiration disorder cases. The authorities have banned the vehicles older than 15 years in order to make the city safer to live and breathe in.
- Al Jubail, Saudi Arabia
Al Jubail, a city located in the Eastern province of Persian Gulf has a population of 378,949 people which live in the industrial zone. The mismanagement of petrochemical industries have pushed Al Jubail into the cities of one of most polluted cities in the world. The city is facing an alarming level of metal pollution and WHO reports have recorded 152 PM 2.5 levels.
- Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
The largest and capital city of Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is on number 4 in the top ten most polluted cities of the world. The city has the population of 7,125, 180 stretched over an area of 694 square miles. According to WHO reports, the city has156 PM 2.5 levels and dangerously high levels of PM 10. The pollution is the result of petrochemical industries, construction and increased number of vehicles.
- Allahabad, India
The city in the state of Utter Pradesh has the population of 1,117,094 people and is the 36th most populous city of India. The city’s levels of Suspended Particulate Matter and Respirable Suspended Particulate Matter are extremely high which are alarmingly dangerous and poisonous. The particles like soot, toxic gasses and dust make it highly dangerous city in terms of pollution. According to WHO reports, the levels of PM 2.5 is recorded to be 170 and 317 for PM 10 particles.
- Gwalior, India
The city in the Indian state of Madhya Pradesh is the most populated city in 2017. The city is the most polluted city of India. The city records 176 PM 2.5 which makes is a highly dangerous city for the residents. The measures are being taken to bring down the high air pollution of the city by the government. The main reasons for the pollution are a huge number of vehicles, mishandling of waste and exhaustion and drainage of water sources.
- Zabol, Iran
The city is located on the border of Afghanistan. The city had an expected population of 130,642 in 2016. The city faces suffocating dust storms repeatedly and the area faces poverty and low standards of life. With reference to the rankings issued by WHO, the city records about 217 micrograms per cubic meter in the PM 2.5 level. The main reasons behind the dust storms and frightening level of pollution in the city are said to be drying water sources like lakes, rivers and ground water. Top Ten Most Polluted Countries of the World (2017)