Doha 09th May 2014: Doha has been placed among the twenty most polluted cities in the world, according to figures published by the World Health Organisation (WHO).
The latest study of global air pollution in 1600 cities named Indian capital, New Delhi as the world’s most polluted city.
Indian cities occupied the top four places on the list, and 13 out of the top 20 most polluted cities. Three cities from Pakistan and one each from Iran, Turkey and Bangladesh were also placed among the 20 dirtiest cities.
Air quality in most cities worldwide that monitor outdoor (ambient) air pollution fails to meet WHO guidelines for safe levels, putting people at additional risk of respiratory disease and other health problems, the organization said in a press release.
About half of the urban population being monitored is exposed to air pollution that is at least 2.5 times higher than the levels WHO recommends, the statement added.