Jakarta Air Quality Ranks 4th Worst Worldwide

- 01 April 2022 20:15 WIB
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JAKARTADAILY.ID - Deputy Governor of DKI Jakarta, Ahmad Riza Patria, conveyed that classic problems in the capital city will reoccur as the daily number of COVID-19 cases in Jakarta continues to decline.

Besides the good news of the COVID-19 cases slope, Riza predicts Jakarta will again be jammed due to loosened COVID-19 rules.

In addition to traffic jams, the provincial government currently highlights Jakarta's air quality.

"And this could be one of the reasons why the air quality in Jakarta is in the fourth-worst in the world as of this Thursday [March 31, 2022]," said Ahmad Riza Patria.

He said his team would supervise and monitor Jakarta's deteriorating air quality.

"Later, we will actually check whether the data is valid. We will check it," he said, as quoted from Antara on Friday, April 1, 2022.

Based on the IQAir website, Jakarta's Air Quality Index is at 166 US AQI. This figure means that the air quality in Jakarta is categorized as harmful.

The air PM concentration in Jakarta currently reaches 2.5, which is 17 times above the WHO's annual air guidance.

Meanwhile, according to the Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) website, the 2.5 PM rate has air particles smaller than 2.5 microns (micrometers).

"The concentration of PM 2.5 in the air in Jakarta is currently 17 times above the WHO annual air quality guideline value," reads a statement on the BMKG website.

Furthermore, based on the world rankings, Jakarta's air quality was placed fourth-worst as of last Thursday, with details of the top five as follows:

1. Delhi, India 191
2. Karachi, Pakistan 174
3. Lahore, Pakistan 168
4. Jakarta, Indonesia 166
5. Wuhan, China 163.

The article was translated from Pikiran-Rakyat.com's article titled "Kualitas Udara Jakarta Masuk Kategori Terburuk ke-4 di Dunia".

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Editor: Djauhari Effendi


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