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February 26, 2018

Air pollution in Yangon exceeds WHO standard

Experts conducted measurements of air pollution in nine locations in six townships of Yangon Region. Kyimyindine has the highest level of air pollution among the townships. Photo: Phoe Khwar
Experts conducted measurements of air pollution in nine locations in six townships of Yangon Region. Kyimyindine has the highest level of air pollution among the townships. Photo: Phoe Khwar

Air-pollution levels in some townships of Yangon Region exceed World Health Organisation (WHO) recommended levels, according to a report in yesterday’s Myawady Daily.
Experts conducted measurements of air pollution in nine locations in six townships of Yangon rRegion. Nearly all of the sites where measurements were taken showed a high level of air pollution, exceeding the WHO recommended level.
The researchers also conducted air-pollution measurements in Kamayut, Hledan, Myaynigone, Mingaladon Industrial Zone, Sanchaung, Kyauktada, Kyimyindine, Tamway and Hlaing townships in September 2016 and November 2017. The air-pollution measurements were taken in crowded areas, heavy traffick areas and near industrials zones. Kyimyindine has the highest level of air pollution among the townships in the Yangon Region.
Yangon’s air contains more dust and particles than is recommended. The main sources of air pollution in Yangon are industry and vehicles.
The diseases related to air pollution could be measured by monitoring sickness rates in the population. According to WHO data, upwards of 22,000 deaths per year in Myanmar can be traced to ambient air pollution.— GNLM

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