Letter To the Editor
Deal dust in dry season
Dhaka has ranked second on a global list of cities with worst air pollution, which claims 122,400 lives in Bangladesh a year. Delhi tops the list, while Karachi and Beijing stand third and fourth, according to the State of Global Air Report 2017. Air pollution is the leading environmental cause of death worldwide, and 92 percent of the world's population lives in areas with unhealthy air, mentions the report launched by Boston-based Health Effects Institute. Bangladesh experienced the steepest increase in air pollution levels between 1990 and 2015. Long-term exposure to fine particulate matter -- the most significant element of air pollution -- contributed to 4.2 million premature deaths and to a loss of 103 million healthy years of life in 2015, making air pollution the fifth biggest cause of death among all health risks, including smoking and high blood pressure.
Dhaka's dust menace is getting worse, especially in dry season, due to unplanned development projects, brick kilns and drain sludge kept on roads.
We expect government will take necessary steps in this dry season to reduce air pollution.
Moni Rani Das