The Valley had the best air quality in the afternoon, according to the air quality index (AQI) calculated from data obtained from pollution monitoring stations built in the country’s federal capital region (between 1 and 2). Fine particulate matter (PM2.5) was estimated at 50.68 micrograms per cubic meter (g/m3), which was used to calculate the AQI.
According to IQAir, on Friday last week, Kathmandu topped the list of polluted cities, followed by China’s Beijing, India’s Mumbai, and Bangladesh’s Dhaka, with the highest PM2.5 index of 303.89 g/m3 reported between 3 and 4 p.m.
Massive wildfires in more than 54 districts, including Chitwan, Parsa, Bara, and Makwanpur, have resulted in a sharp drop in air quality across the region, including in major cities.
The Ministry of Education, Science and Technology had previously ordered all educational institutions to suspend physical education classes for four days beginning Tuesday due to worsening air quality. The government also encouraged all to take precautions to prevent the negative consequences of poor air quality.