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Hanoi's Air Quality Plummets to Hazardous Levels

On Tuesday, multiple stations in Hanoi registered alarming levels of air pollution, ranking the city as the fourth most polluted globally according to IQAir AirVisual. At 8:30 a.m., a station in Long Bien District recorded an Air Quality Index (AQI) of 225, indicating "very unhealthy" conditions for everyone. Among the 16 Hanoi Department of Natural Resources and Environment stations, seven reported "unhealthy" AQI values (151-200), seven recorded levels deemed "unhealthy for sensitive groups" (101-150), and two fell into the "moderate" range (51-100), with none in the good quality range (0-50).

Stations in Bac Tu Liem District reported the highest AQI values at 194, while those in Hoan Kiem District registered levels at 184. The U.S. Embassy's station at the United Nations International School of Hanoi recorded an alarming AQI value of 270.

IQAir AirVisual's global ranking placed Hanoi as the fourth most polluted city, trailing behind Delhi in India and Karachi and Lahore in Pakistan. The Pollution Control Department attributed the recent dust pollution to dry weather conditions and the burning of trash and agricultural remnants.

Expressing concern about the escalating air quality issues, the department highlighted potential risks to community health and socio-economic development. Hoang Van Thuc, the department head, urged continued air quality monitoring, public disclosure of results, and the recommendation of protective measures, especially for those outdoors between 5-7 a.m. and 2-7 p.m.

Source; Vnexpress - Hanoi's air quality tumbles to harmful levels