Peshawar is the world’s second most polluted city

Peshawar in KPK is the world's second most polluted city

Pakistani city Peshawar in KPK is the world’s second most polluted city, according to a World Economic Forum (WEF) report, released today.

The 2016 ranking of 20 most polluted cities in the world is done by World Health Organisation (WHO). It is based on Urban Ambient Air Pollution database of 3,000 cities. The data on air quality was collected between 2011 and 2015.

Besides Peshawar (at No 2), two other Pakistani cities have ranked in the worst Top 20. They are Rawalpindi (No 4) and Karachi (No 14).

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Onitsha in Nigeria is the world’s most polluted city. The ranking highlights three more cities from Nigeria: Kaduna, Aba and Umuahia.

India’s three cities are featured in this ranking: Gwalior, Allahabad and Rajpur. One Chinese city makes it to the list.


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Saudi Arabia’s Riyadh, Al Jubail and Dammam fall in top most polluted cities. Bahrain’s two cities are also included.

Iran does not fall behind. It’s two cities, Zabol and Boshehr are included in the list.

Our neighbour Afghanistan’s two cities – Mazar-e-Sharif and Kabul make it to top 20.

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The worst-20 ranking includes six countries from our neighbourhood: South Asia and Middle East (Pakistan, India, Iran, Afghanistan, Saudi Arabia and Bahrain).

Only Nigeria in Africa matches our region in the capacity to create pollution levels.

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