Jakarta second most polluted city in the world, says IQAir

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Air pollution in Jakarta. (Source: Kompas)

Jakarta, IO – Indonesia’s capital Jakarta named the second worst place for air quality by IQAir, a company that tracks global air quality, on Friday (17/6). The densely-populated city’s air quality index as of 09.31 WIB reached hit 172, which put it in the unhealthy category (151-200).

It has the concentration of particulate matter (PM 2.5) 14.6 times higher than the World Health Organization (WHO) standard. PM 2.5 is the smallest air pollutant and is extremely harmful to health.

Topping the list is Johannesburg with an index of 195. Third place is Dubai (161), followed by Beijing (158) and Riyadh (157). IQAir advises people to wear masks, use air purifier, close windows and avoid outdoor activities.

On Wednesday, June 15, Jakarta won the dubious honour of being the world’s most polluted city with an air quality index of 188 at 11.00 WIB.